Northam Burrows

Tootled  over to the Skern this morning. Never seen so many dogs!! A very high tide had pushed most of the birds onto the pool the other side of the road. Adam (from Holsworthy) and I checked and checked again all the Gulls that were being given a hard time by the dogs. Virtually all Black-headed, with good numbers of Common. We met another birder (dog but no bins) who told us that the Snow Buntings had recently reappeared over by the Visitor Centre. I walked from there out to the point around the 8th green - this has suffered some severe damage from the recent storms which has washed away a stretch of the high embankment of pebble ridge. No Buntings - just two Pied Wagtails. Back to the Visitor centre, where I once again met Adam. He went off to look along the pebble ridge - I went back towards my car - and a few small Gulls took off in front of me, one of which looked much smaller. Could this be the Bonaparte's Gull? Well I came to the conclusion that it was a first calendar year Little Gull. The black wing bar was very distinct. It was however not flying like a typical Tern-like Little Gull. It drifted off over the Burrows towards the Skern to where the returning Adam and I followed, but no further sign.

Good numbers of Oystercatcher and Curlew - shame about the cancellation of yesterday's netting attempt. Also numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, Golden Plover and Redshank along with 200+ Wigeon.

Posted February 14th at 1:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News