Tag Archives: Little Gull

Sunshine returns

18 Jun

Oddly… I had booked a day off for today and there was a large fiery thing in the sky and all there seemed to be holes in the grey bits of sky with blue showing through. Surely an unusual day was afoot.

I headed out up to Druridge bay for a bit of a wander. Druridge Pools was pretty dead… the budge pools had just a grey heron, a pair of tufties and a greylag goose and a pheasant watching from the sidelines.

On to East Chevington and there were better signs. Within 30 seconds of arrival I had a female marsh harrier hunting over the reed beds. From the hide the north pool was very quiet – a handful of terns and gulls at the south end and the odd reed bunting scooting past and a common sandpiper circling the pool.

Around the dunes at least four little gulls were bouncing around on the breeze amongst the black headed gulls and the sandwich terns.

The bushes around the track were alive with linnets, willow warblers, chiffchaffs, dunnocks and stonechat.

The real highlight though was as I returned to the car and suddenly flashing past was a cuckoo with a meadow pipit in hot pursuit. I reckon the last cuckoo I actually *saw* was about 15 years ago in Surrey, so nice to see one and grab an action shot as it evaded its diminuitive pursuer.

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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