Gulls were prominent today, and not just the local Yellow-legs. The westerlies that brought some Audouin's Gulls yesterday produced many more today and the winds took them much closer inshore. Most were adult birds returning to the breeding colonies and travelling in small flocks. They are in mint condition right now. They must be the most elegant of gulls.
Yellow-legged Gull for comparison
SomeLesser black-backed Gulls were also displaced from their Atlantic wintering areas (see 15 Feb posting)
Audouin's Gulls (above and below) on the move
The rain produced a small fall ofBlack Redstarts, clearly new birds - behaving differently from the wintering birds and turning up in unusual locations. These migrants are particularly preoccupied with feeding to refuel. Other migrants today includedStonechats, White Wagtailsand aHoopoe.
Black Redstart today
Migrant White Wagtail
Black Kite gets through between squalls. Some Short-toed Eaglesalso made it
Cormorants (above) andShags (below) were busy feeding in the green, silty, water caused by river discharge after the rains
Shag dives for fish
Gulls made the most of rain water pools to remove salt and grime (above and below)