Wembury, 4th August

Strong winds and a high tide meant crashing surf on the main beach at Wembury and amongst the flock of black headed gulls feeding amongst the waves were 4 juvenile and 1 adult Mediterranean gulls - 1 juvenile had a green plastic leg ring but I couldn't get any detail on it as it flew amongst the waves and rested on the sea. A leucistic black headed gull was also most unusual looking.

More gulls on the beach near the sewage pipe at Wembury Point and another adult Mediterranean gull and what I think was a juvenile yellow legged gull? Or a juvenile lesser black backed gull?

2 whimbrel were roosting on the rocks with 2 little egrets, a curlew and oystercatchers.

Offshore and there were lots of gannets swirling around, mostly adults but a few sub-adults and dark juveniles too. Manx shearwaters were banking up out of the wave troughs and I counted between 20-30 per minute heading west between 10:30-11:30. 2 great skuas were the highlight with a bird with well marked white wing flashes harrasing a less well marked bird as they headed west.

A few fulmar, shags and a juvenile kittiwake were also seen.

3 juvenile Mediterranean gulls - noticeably smaller bird on the left
3 juvenile Mediterranean gulls - noticeably smaller bird on the left

Yellow legged gull?
Yellow legged gull?

Yellow legged gull?
Yellow legged gull? Eds: looks more like juv Herring Gull

Posted August 4th, 2015 at 5:11 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News