Saturday, 19 December 2020

Let It Come Down

After Sunday's excitement, today saw a return to normal. Two visits to the LDV, with a morning walk at the rapidly-flooding Wheldrake Ings, followed by brief visits to Thorganby and North Duffield Carrs. I then returned mid-afternoon to do the gull roost at Wheldrake. The flood water had risen considerably, but Tower Hide was still accessible; for now!

Highlights. A.M. Wheldrake - Black-tailed Godwit, Golden Plover (400+), Lapwing (400+), Pochard (4), Goldeneye (7), Curlew (7), Stonechat (2). NDC- Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, White-fronted Goose (2), Barnacle Goose (84), Pink-footed Goose (20+). 

P.M. Large roost of Common an Black-headed Gulls with just a handful of Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls. Two leucistic Black-headed Gulls, one (see below) with completely white head, the other with normal winter BHG head pattern.

  White Black-headed Gull at the rear of the flock.

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