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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Canons Farm and Beddington Farmlands, 18th January 2017

A beautiful day started at Canons Farm, where clear skies and calm conditions made for a lovely circuit with a whisper of spring in the air thanks to my first singing Treecreepers of the year and Goldcrest and Great Tit being among the other species in voice. Three Little Owls and 40 Skylarks were otherwise the highlights.

After lunch I paid Beddington a short visit to have a quick scan through the gulls, picking out two first-winter Caspians and a second-winter which I think I have seen before but was too quick for a photo. Most of the surface of the lakes was frozen again and all of the wildfowl were congregating in one corner of the main lake, including a Wigeon, a few Teal, Shoveler and Gadwall, and the Black Swan. The ice lent a hand with reading darvics, with six Herring Gull codes noted.

first-winter Caspian Gulls