Saturday, 4 November 2017

Beddington Farmlands, 4th November 2017

A rainy Saturday morning, where else would I be than the hide at Beddington? It felt like the good old days, with a packed hide filled by Peter A, Ed S, Steve T, Glenn J, Dave S and Nick G. With little flying over, most the attention was afforded to the gulls loafing on the North Lake, a spanking first-winter Caspian Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull representing our main prizes. Med Gulls were once an expected prize for diligent sifting of the Black-headed Gull flocks but they have regained 'scarce' status in the local area, if not the Surrey and London recording areas entirely! Two each of Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail were around, along with a Little Egret and eight Pochards. It was interesting to see a number of the Shovelers on the North Lake diving for food. A Siskin flew over, along with six Snipe, three redpolls and 150 Redwings.

first-winter Caspian Gull
adult Mediterranean Gull