July 2nd   Leave a comment

The first Mediterranean gull of the season was on Balcomie Beach this evening. A bird in its second summer of its life, so born last summer – which in gull ageing language makes it a first summer (because this time last year it would have been aged as a juvenile, then a first winter and now first summer). It had a bit of a black hood – definitely black and helping to make it stand out among the 100 (now) black-headed gulls also on the beach. There was also the first juvenile black-headed gull. And many more waders compared to last night: 6 dunlin, a common sandpiper, a bar-tailed godwit, a turnstone and 8 redshank. The beach is covered with rotting seaweed so the feeding is great for both the gulls and the waders. It is a great start to July.

The Mediterranean gull on Balcomie beach this evening (WC)
Common sandpiper (JA)

Posted July 2, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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