5 February 2014

Rush hour Med Gulls

Found 2 Med Gulls on way to work this morning - a very nice surprise. Just after turning into Walton Lane at Cowey Sale in Walton-on-Thames at 08:30, I noticed a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull from the car flying over the Thames. I could find no sign of the bird after turning the car around, but noticed a large number of gulls flying around across Walton Bridge at Thames Meadow. Suspecting the field here was flooded I decided to check it out, soon relocating the bird along with an adult Mediterranean Gull in amongst c1500 Black-headed Gulls and a few Common Gulls. Both birds are attaining their summer hoods and I spent a while watching them preening and even displaying to each other, before later seeing them again coming to bread back at the Thames at Cowey Sale, where they allowed very close approach - down to about five metres! I can't wait to go back with the camera.

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