Crayford Caspian Gulls

Dante and I spent 4 hours at Crayford today. There were more birds than I’ve ever seen at the site and a pretty solid/conservative count of 12 Caspian Gulls was recorded between us. Most of course were 1cy birds. (Each of the following photographs depict a different birds unless stated.)

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This nice pale, delicately plumaged bird even did a long call and ‘albatross’ (below)…

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Dante picked out this adult in flight. A small, presumably female bird. (above and below)

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Barry Wright and Andrew Lawson turned up and we had a few more 1st Winters

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The above bird is P:895, a Polish ringed 1cy thats seen regularly at the site. We also had this fella below, ‘G0UT’ –  a thames ringed and regular Caspian in the area, seen every so often between London, the Netherlands and even Poland last summer.

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A handful of yellow legged gulls (below), an adult Med and a leucistic Herring were also recorded.

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We saw several birds in flight but of course its harder to tell if these were new birds to the count or already counted birds moving about. A really enjoyable day!

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