Another good visit to Port Meadow this evening. Still plenty of waders about with now 4 RUFF, the 3 OYSTERCATCHERS, the2 RINGED PLOVER and at least 3 REDSHANK, as well as about 150 Golden Plover all present. On the duck front there were 7 PINTAIL and 2 SHELDUCK in amongst the usual Wigeon and Teal.
The highlight of the visit though were a couple of very educational gulls. The first was a tricky trap for the unwary. To my credit I wasn't convinced that it was a Caspian Gull and this turned out to be correct as it's actually a dark-eyed 3w Herring Gull (video here).
|Herring Gull (probably argenteus) impersonating a Caspian|
The second was a distinctive, long-winged 2w gull which I thought was probably a rather strange looking Yellow-legged Gull though it actually turned out to be a comparatively scruffy and dark-mantled CASPIAN GULL after all (video here).
|...and a Caspian Gull impersonating a Yellow-legged Gull|
Also to report, Steve Goddard heard a TAWNY OWL calling outside his home in Wolvercote this evening - another year tick.