Sunday, 27 March 2016

Egg-static Med Gull

I missed the best day weather wise for birding over the long Easter holiday weekend - Good Friday, when calm, dry and relatively warm conditions produced a typical early spring movement of raptors through the area, with a sprinkling of Common Buzzards, Red Kites and a great record of 3 sightings of Osprey (1 at the Olympic Park and 2 over the lower Lea Valley Reservoirs). 

In a stiff southerly breeze on Saturday the only highlight was seeing the patch's first returning Swallows of the year, with 3 birds dropping into feed over Jubilee pond. With the forecast for more wind and rain for the next two days I thought my chances of getting out again would be limited, but a break in the weather saw me dashing to the Flats early Sunday morning in search of more spring migrants, but I would be disappointed again with very little new of note, another fine male Stonechat graced the Alex scrub and Chiffchaff could be heard singing from Long Wood and that was about it - still no Wheatear

One last check of Alexandra Lake in search of Sand Martins before heading home and a I pick out a 1st-winter Med Gull sitting on the water - not what I'd been expecting, especially as Gull numbers on the Flats are minimal with only a handful of Common Gulls and the odd 1st-winter Herring Gull still loafing about. No complaints from me though, Med Gulls are great birds and I never tire of seeing these infrequent visitors to the patch.

1st-Winter, Gull, Med Gull

1st-Winter, Gull, Med Gull

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