5th August Going For Gold
Despite not being an athlete of any sort (though speed eating pies is surely worthy of a place at Brazil 2016)I have been pretty engrossed in the whole Olympic thing. Let's face it we've paid for it, we'll be paying for it for many years to come so why not enjoy it whilst it's here. In between events I managed a few patch visits and struck bronze this morning with a cracking juv Med' Gull - one of my favourite plumaged gulls. Only needing one more species to equal last years personal self-found best it would seem appropriate to equal or even beat it in Olympic fortnight and Goldcrest (surprisingly) would do it!
A late start at work on Thursday meant that I could comfortably spend a couple of hours on the patch at the more realistic time of 8am. With activity on the building site in full swing the gulls were settled on a large bare area at the side of the 'plains'. A quick scan of the flock (of some 400 gulls) through binoculars showed at least 10 herring gull types. On closer scope views there were at least 13 Yellow-legged Gulls. The video below shows the entire flock with at least 14 candidates and possibly more. How many can you see?