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 another Sussex site 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
juvenile Iceland Gull
adult Yellow-legged Gull
first-winter Yellow-legged Gull
a rather odd/extreme first-winter Yellow-legged Gull which took us aback for a little while
first-winter Caspian Gull
2cy male Rose-coloured Starling
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker record shot
Marsh Tit