Gull Billed Tern (and others) including an unidentified juvenile Gull..

A38 Buckfastleigh, a Black Headed Gull in flight towards Plymouth.

Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton the Gull Billed Tern showing beyond incredible well, at times it seemed as if you could almost touch it as it passed by, at times feeding within 20’ of a raft of watching birders.

On the river large number of Mute Swans, Canadian Geese in good numbers, Cormorant, Shell duck and Mallard, Gulls species included Greater Black Backed, Herring and Black Headed, but a very dark plumaged juvenile gull of Herring Gull size was causing quite a stir despite being some 150 yards away, it was clearly much darker than the other young Herring Gulls, very dark cap to the top of the head and pale face sides around a darker eye area.

Several people took descriptive notes and images so hopefully we may get some feedback on what it actually was.

Five Common Sandpiper showed several times, Heron and Little Egrets.

A brief walk around a seemingly very empty Stover Country Park, on the feeders Nuthatch, Jay, Marsh, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Greenfinch and Chaffinch.

On the lake a Great Crested Grebe appears to be sat tight on another nest, Lesser Black Backed Gulls, a Heron on the margins, one of the Terrapins was showing well and a Buzzard overhead.

Back at South Brent two Black Headed Gulls flew low over Stidston, a rare sight for the village but the 3rd & 4th birds I have observed here in the last week.

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 4:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News