Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Canons Farm and Beddington Farmlands, 3rd January 2017

I started the day at Canons Farm, with only a quick whizz around the core section to make time for looking through the gulls at Beddington later on. It was worthwhile, with three Cormorants heading north being good value this early in the year. A Little Owl was showing, a Grey Heron also flew over and the number of juvenile Common Buzzards on site had increased to four.

Two hours looking through the gulls on the main lake at Beddington with Peter A and Dave S was rewarded with three Caspian Gulls (first-winter, second-winter and adult) and two Yellow-legged Gulls (second-winter and near-adult). A high-flying Shelduck was also notable and singles of both Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail were vocal.

first-winter Caspian Gull at Beddington
second-winter Caspian Gull at Beddington
adult Caspian Gull at Beddington
second-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Beddington