This morning I took a trip to one of my old stamping grounds, Beddington Sewage Farm. If I'm being honest, due to the presence of a Glaucous Gull I panicked and went early, as I have a visit already lined up to the farm this coming Thursday. I had yet to record this species at Beddington - and, as a big bonus, it was also a Uber patch tick! For some reason Glaucous Gulls have eluded me locally, whereas Icelands have been easier to come by:
1994 Mercer’s Farm, Holmethorpe
An adult roosting on the fields on 2 January
1997 Mercer’s Lake, Holmethorpe
An adult at first light on 1 January, apparently having roosted overnight with several thousand other gulls
2010 Beddington SF
A first-winter on the north lake on 27 December
2012 Beddington SF
Three birds, (a first-w Kumlien’s and two second-winters) on 18 February; a first-summer on 28 April and 5 May
2016 Canons Farm, BansteadA first-winter on 28 February
Success! The bird appeared at the top of the landfill banking at approx 09.30hrs and was still present three hours later. We were able to approach the bird fairly closely, managing to obtain a few images with the bridge camera. The flight shot comes courtesy of Peter Alfrey, who together with Frank Prater allowed me to join them within the magic kingdom.
|Pale iris and tipped bill a good feature of 2nd-winter birds|
Other highlights included a Little Egret, 150 Teal, a Water Rail, two Green Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, seven Water Pipits and a brief burst of Cetti's Warbler.