Sunday, 5 February 2012

Regular roosting fun

So winter finally arrives. The hours preceeding the snow rather cold as I took up residence in one of the hides overlooking D res at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire for the afternoon.

As ever, it is to do the gulls and despite no sign of any large white-winged larids among the 11,000 roosting birds, this 1st winter Mediterranean Gull appeared in front of the hide as the snow arrived.

A couple of redhead Smew and 2 Goosanders made up the supporting cast while two Tophill rares... 2 Grey Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit flew round the res, alighting on the ice briefly among the gulls and ducks, before flying north.

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