Saturday, 30 January 2016


It felt cold out today. Had an hour or so late morning in the Rufforth area. There was a handsome first winter Glaucous Gull on the airfield and a first winter Caspian Gull. Phonescoping was a bit tricky in the wind and with frozen hands! A Peregrine was hunting and this was making the birds a bit jumpy too.

Went down to the flooded field near the village and there were two more Caspian Gulls there, showing really nicely in the sunshine. Shortly, a snowstorm came in on the biting wind and I fled.
Later, I came back but the gulls had mostly gone, but two Short-eared Owls were hunting the fields, being tossed around like bags in the wind.

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