R.Taw, Barnstaple. Anchorwood Bank. 11.00 - 13.00. High tide 10.38.

Together with Malcom Shakespeare.

On arrival the tide was still high and all sandbanks covered. At the time there was a roost of Black-headed Gulls and Shelduck at the east end of Penhill Marsh. By about 11.30 the tide had dropped and the Black-headed Gulls started feeding over the water in front of us. We both picked up the Little Gull feeding with B.H.Gulls. At 11.45 Malcolm was first to pick up the Bonaparte`s Gull in among the B.H.Gulls and both remained for the next 15minutes or so. Both gulls then disappeared from view. At about 12.30 just the Little Gull reappeared and rested on the uncovered sandbar in front of us. No further sightings of Bonaparte`s.

Posted April 11th at 3:13 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding