Friday, 3 March 2017

Beddington Farmlands, Crawley, etc, 3rd March 2017

Yesterday at Canons was pretty quiet, with nothing of consequence to mention here. This morning was spent looking through the gulls at Beddington from the hide with Christian C, Magnus A, Josh J, Dave S and Peter A. This produced both the juvenile Iceland Gull and the juvenile Glaucous Gull, a first-winter Caspian Gull and at least five Yellow-legged Gulls. In the afternoon, Mag and I headed to Broadfield, Crawley, to check out the 2cy Rose-coloured Starling, which we located after half-an-hour or so of looking dodgy as we roamed the streets. It even burst into a bit of song. We called in at Pease Pottage where we stumbled upon a singing Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, as well as three Marsh Tits. We were both delighted with the woodpecker, I was beginning to wonder whether I'd see one this year! Hopefully I'll come across one on the patch before the early spring is out.

juvenile Glaucous Gull at Beddington
juvenile Iceland Gull at Beddington
adult Yellow-legged Gull at Beddington
first-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Beddington
a rather odd/extreme first-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Beddington which took us aback for a little while
first-winter Caspian Gull at Beddington
2cy male Rose-coloured Starling at Broadfield, Crawley
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Pease Pottage
Marsh Tit at Pease Pottage