I arrived at Lyle Park in the rain. Rich and Dante had already seen all four of the most regular 1st winter Caspian Gulls, one of which I missed, and recent cold weather seems to have made them more attracted to the bread and fearless in their approach coming close in and giving good views. Below is ‘Lyle’, still my favourite bird on the Thames and present most trips.
The following bird is the paler regular Casp, very beautifully marked.
Next up is a murkier bird that I originally had at the O2 in November.
We crossed the River where the above bird was waiting on the beach. A quick scan through the surrounding gulls and I had a new 1st winter Caspian in my bins. As the tide was about to engulf the entire beach we climbed the fence to view the birds at the same level.
This regular Yellow Legged gull was bobbing about off the beach as the tide came in. Also standing with the new casp for comparison.
Dante and I stopped in on some Islington Waxwings for dessert.