Friday, 6 January 2012

Baggy Point Gulls

Went north of the Taw/Torridge estuary this morning to try to find the Iceland gull, and surprisingly found it, and a Glaucous Gull together. They had found a calm area just off the rocks and and both were in the 'scope at the same time. I would age both birds as first winter.

Whether this is the same Glaucous as seen on Northam Burrows is debatable. The straight line distance is not great, and there are not too many places for the gulls to do fresh water bathing. Malcolm Shakespeare was on Northam Burrows at the same time and was unable to find the Glaucous there, so it is inconclusive as to whethere there are one or two birds.