Saturday, 1 February 2014

Icelandic blast

Saturday morning with the York area my oyster. What to choose, floaters or loafers. Had a quick look at the floaters on Acaster Church Ings: 20 Pochard, 30 Tufted Ducks. On to Rufforth for the loafing gulls. A fine adult winter Lesser Black-backed Gull was on the airfield. The gulls were very flighty today and quite frustrating despite being present on the Tip in collossal numbers. Headed over to Poppleton where a few hundred gulls were gathering in a field by the gravel pit. After a bit, a beautiful cute-looking adult Iceland Gull dropped in. A lovely, demure bird. For a gull that is. Bumped into Chris and Olly back at Rufforth but we struggled to find anything before I had to leave, save the local Grey Wagtail. Several colour-ringed Herring Gulls seen today, though only one readable, yellow ring with black T80K. Will check this out later.


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