A very nice 2cy Caspian Gull

Theres been a few new Casps around recently on the Thames and I felt a little gripped after seeing some of Rich’s photos from last weekend whilst I was in Mexico but today I saw this bird at Erith that look away the pain.


Myself and Niall Keogh tried a few spots along the river including Greenhaven drive where we had about 7 or 8 Yellowlegged gulls appear from nowhere aswell as the Casp x Herr hybrid “X09A” loudly honking its way into the bread melee, but no Casps. We swang into Erith Pier to get rid of the last of the loaves and as I raised my bins to scan the birds on the jetty this was the closest bird!! A scenario Ive hoped for many times. Anyway Im making more of a fuss than necessary but its just how I feel about Caspian gulls man.




Its a particularly long necked, long legged long billed, white headed beauty with plain coverts and a little bleaching which I love.


In other news the Dunlin flock were putting on a nice show at Erith pier whilst Niall and I had our lunch.


Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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