My weekly visit to the Otter at Budleigh produced a surprise star! It started with a wander up the East side of the estuary with Vera. It was a gorgeous sunny day, in fact a bit too sunny as the glare prevented me from seeing anything other than silhouettes on the estuary. There was a fair amount of activity in the trees including Long-tailed, Coal & Blue Tits, Chaffinch, Greenfinch & Bullfinch. Meanwhile several Skylarks were singing overhead across the fields.
|View from the East side|
He told me that he had a couple of Red-throated Divers in the scope, then casually mentioned that there was a Glaucous Gull on the estuary behind us. I think I probably started jumping about in excitement at that point! David quickly located it for me, swimming about in among the Herring Gulls. I then found it in my scope & had a long look. Lovely white Primaries, in fact fairly white all over with pale markings. I looked it up & we concluded that it was a 1st Winter bird. This wasn't just a Year List tick, but a Life tick for me!
Update: Well, it just goes to show that I need to do more homework when it comes to gulls! It turns out that it was in fact an Iceland & not a Glaucous Gull. Oh well, just a Year tick then. In fact, I'm debating whether I can count it at all. I think I'd better stick to something easier, or maybe take up basket weaving.
|What a lovely day for an |
|It's one of those.....|
I couldn't resist another quick look at the divers. There were 6 of them, they were difficult to see as but it looked like they could be Red & Black-throated Divers.
It was now 1645 & I still had to get back to the van at the White Bridge & then drive to East Budleigh. I finally got there at about 1715. Luckily, Simon's still talking to me!
Year List now on 141 & 1 Sub-species