On a mid-tide early morning visit to Broadsands 31 Great Black Backed Gulls of which at least three were ringed. Of the two rings that I could obtain details ~ 6AA8 subject of a recent post at the same location was ringed in Guernsey and appears to be resident at Broadsands the second readable ring bearing O.BE on a very scruffy poor condition individual.


With the gathered Herring Gulls was possibly my first Yellow Legged Gull, a juvenile, slightly but obviously larger than the Herring Gulls that it was with and a visibly larger beak but whether I am right or not is another matter. A single Oyster catcher on the rocks.

Eds: its a juv Herring Gull Steve, an email has been sent to you with reason. Look at notched tertials and rather barred tail and rump - not white and clean as in YLG.

Eight Swifts over the Warberry end of Torquay.
Very little from the Torquay coastal path of note.
Meadfoot gave four Rock Pipits and a ringed Shag.
On the way home a Kestrel hunting near Blagdon, Marldon.

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 1:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News