Friday, 10 February 2017

Ring-Billed Gull Chew Valley

Date: 09/02/2017
Location: Chew Valley Lake (Picnic site 1)
Weather: Grey and freezing !
Other Species: 
Scoter, Goldeneye, Scaup, Ring- billed Gull, Buzzard, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Black Headed Gulls, Common Gull, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose. 
Plan today was Chew Valley to look for Ring-Billed Gull that had been found 
by Lee @Wildwood_photos at Picnic site number. Then on to uphill for SEO so a very grey and cold start to day but got to Chew by 10:30 and on pulling up thought i'd parked right in front RB gull ! Showing ring on bill and looking right could see eye as it was cleaning started to take a few shots. Looked for eye color and not RB gull it was a Common !

Checked all other gulls on site and nothing found, a couple of other birders arriving and departing with no joy. 

Headed to Dam wall and a Common Scoter was there distant but a life tick !
 Light really bad and bird very distant.

Chatting and looking around out in the grayness was Scaup and Goldeneye both year ticks for me so going pretty well.

While checking in-coming gulls inside Dam wall the 2 Resident Egyptian Geese landed in front of me tick number 4 wasn't expecting 4 year ticks today but NICE !

Most birders now departing now as the cold was not nice despite me putting on a few more layers, 
Colder than Iceland !
But around 3:10 decided to go and walked over to van , hang on that's not a Common Gull !

no longer cold ! Bird was sat right in front where i parked .

 Took a few shots while it sat on Fence but then it took off flew over my head and landed on grass/road.

Real smart looking bird .

Pretty evil looking !

That eye ! Yellow and the Ringed Bill.

Tick number 5 for the day, and 2nd life tick,
 a excellent day was had and met some nice people !

No owls but other day for that and puts me on a year of list 124.

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