Ring-Billed Gull Twitch – 3/iii/14

I spent a calm, sunny evening at Blackpill today. On arrival, large numbers of Common Gulls were in evidence (approximately 500), with Herring Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Great Black-Backed Gull, Black-Headed Gull and Mediterranean Gull (several of which are now nearly in full breeding plumage). After an hour and a half of scanning and re-scanning another large group of Gulls flew in to join the main group (at around 17:00), and with them was the adult summer RING-BILLED GULL which had been seen on-and-off here for the last few days. It hung around for about ten minutes, giving decent views in the fading light and I managed a few poor quality record shots. These are however the first anyone has managed of this bird, but hopefully better will follow soon.

Ring-Billed Gull 0003 Ced

Ring-Billed Gull 0002 Ced

A male Shelduck was also on the beach (and was also seen within the UBC area taking my total to 49).

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