Yesterday a 2nd winter Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) was found by a local birder at the Newton Leys small lake near the landfill. My health challenges didn’t allow to do my usual birding routine in the last few weeks, but the Christmas shopping at the local ASDA superstore was a good excuse to grab a camera as well and visit the site where the bird had been relocated earlier this morning. The gull roosting site was almost the backyard of ASDA so didn’t have to go far.
At my arrival, half of the gulls were roosting on the pasture(?), the rest was on the lake. The Iceland Gull was on the lake but it didn’t take long to find it from behind the pavilon. Unfortuantely the gulls didn’t tolerate truck drivers and myself walking on the main road so I decided to return back to the pavilon.
From behind the pavilon there was a spot where I could use my camera between the distracting fence frames and there was a good overall view to every part of the field. While making record shots of the relatively distant gulls Harry, the founder of this bird arrived in a hope to make some better shots in this sunny early afternoon.
Bellow, a few not so great record shots of the gulls including another vagrant gull. A first winter colour ringed Caspian Gull was also spotted (only realised when watching the photographs on the display) next to the Iceland Gull.
eBird checklist from the spot:
Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 8
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 77
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) 12
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 1
Stock Dove (Columba oenas) 4
Common Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 6
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 180
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 6
EuropeanHerring Gull (Larus argentatus argentatus) 34
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) 1
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus graellsii) 8
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 5
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 2
Red Kite (Milvus milvus milvus) 6
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) 1
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 26
Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) 94
Rook (Corvus frugilegus) 4
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 37
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 1
Eurasian Wren (British) (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus) 1
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) 1
Dunnock (Prunella modularis) 1
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) 9
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) 38
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 1
Thanks to Harry Appleyard for the excellent find and Simon Nichols for running the local hotline and providing useful information.