The past few months Ive been concentrating on birding out of London, in an attempt to get the most of the autumn season. Today however was a return to the normal kind of London birding that gets me through the winter. RB DS and I had a look at Creekmouth where we had a nice 1st winter Caspian Gull (below) that Dante had seen the week previous. one or two Yellow Legged gulls were also present.
I decided to check the Eagle Pond near Snaresbrook for a regular returning Caspian Gull that hadn’t been seen so far this year. The bird turned up in 2015 as a first winter, was seen again on the Eagle pond by Stuart fisher as a second winter and I saw it last year as a third winter. Now its a 4th calander year bird and a real nice bird. It has stuck around all winter each year so theres opportunity for people to see it.
After wards i Bumped into this big 1st winter Caspian at Leyton Tip, first I’ve seen here in a couple of years.
Also present was an adult YLG and a good number of Argentatus type Herring Gulls, below is a 1cy (and an adult behind the post). The tip here is always good for these northerners and ive often wondered why, as i do see remarkably more here than on the Thames.