|LBBs @ Tanholt|
Back in Lincs this weekend so headed over to Peterborough to check the gulls out this morning. Absolutely nothing at Dogsthorpe, with no tipping activity happening either. However, Tanholt was a different story, with at least 500 large gulls - mainly Lesser Black-backed - gobbling up detritus on the new landfill cell there. I eventually found a good place to view them, and had nine Yellow-legged Gulls (3 adults, 2nd-summer, 1st-summer and 4 juveniles). Some photos below.
|Juvenile; note the presence of several moulted upper scapulars (with anchor markings) already.|
|Juvenile; same bird as above. A classic in every respect.|
|Adult (or near-adult) with Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls. I always find that older michahellis look much|
grottier facially than Herrings at this time of year, presumably because they moult their head feathers earlier.
|Comparison of juvenile gulls: Lesser Black-backed (left), Yellow-legged (above centre) and Herring (bottom right).|
In other news, I flushed a Quail on my patch this afternoon as I searched for the recent Black-necked Grebe (no sign). This is the first time I've seen a Quail without hearing it; really surprised me and burst out of the undergrowth Jack Snipe-stylee. Got great views of the facial markings, too - top stuff.