Friday, 19 February 2010

A ride out west

                          Second winter Mediterranean Gull

Had a ride over to Workington docks today and took pic. of this gull which as can be seen has a leg ring on. So made an enquiry on BirdingCumbria, and was told the ring details had been sent off twice but as yet no more info. Apparently it was first noted in August 09.
                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                      

       
One happy little Redshank

                                                                                                                                                

And Redshank on the wing

One of the things I was hopeing to see , after several reports of them being around was Purple Sandpiper. We were in luck as the tide was rising fast but I counted 14 out on the shingle spit, of course there could have been more hidden in weed and boulders. I was quite pleased with the outing as this was a new lifer for me.
                 Couldn't see anything out on the sea as out there it was quite misty, but other things seen during the trip . Blackheaded Gull, Oystercatcher, Herring Gull, and from the car Buzzard on post , Kestrel hunting.

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