Little gulls and terns at East Chevington

28 May

As the weather cleared up this afternoon I decided to make a trip to East Chevington to see if the little gulls that had been reported earlier in the week were still around – luckily for me they were. Taking up position in the hide on the landward side of the lake I immediately spotted one having a kip amongst the terns and then a second likewise in repose.

A scan around the terns showed both common and arctic among the hulking sandwich terns on the various perches and splashing around preening. Elsewhere on the lake were the usual suspects but less expected for me was a drake goosander.

Returning my attention to the gulls and terns again I spotted another three little gulls together on the edge of the group.

Not bad – my only previous views of little gulls have been quite remote views in binoculars of fast flying birds, but this time I had the luxury of a scope view of birds close at hand going nowhere fast!

Spot the little gull(s)!

Birds seen : Little Gull, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser black-backed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Greylag Goose, Coot, Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin, Mallard, Shoveller, Goosander, Cormorant, Meadow Pipit


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