Sunday, 1 December 2019

Snaresbrook Caspian Gull

Wanstead failed to deliver anything of note over the weekend and unless we get a really good cold snap, December and the run up to the New Year could result in some fairly mundane local birding - but at least I have the Snaresbrook Caspian Gull on my doorstep to fall back on when the patch is this poor.

The average large Gull lifespan is around 30 years, so considering this adult bird is still a relative youngster (5CY), I could potentially be watching and photographing this bird for another 25 years - I do pity the readers of this blog!

If you've not been to see this bird then I can thoroughly recommend a visit to this part of north-east London, as it's a real entertainer. From the concrete roadside pathway you can watch it regularly harass and steal the bread from the Black-headed Gulls. The Central Line at Snaresbrook is just a 5 minute walk away, so there's no excuses for those London based birders who don't have any transport and with the Eagle Pub and carvery just opposite what better way to finish the visit off than by popping in for quick pint having enjoyed this rather engaging adult Caspian Gull.

Snaresbrook, London

Snaresbrook, London

Snaresbrook, London

Snaresbrook, London

Snaresbrook, London

Snaresbrook, London


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