The twelve days of Gullmas

The annual 12 days of gull roosts over the Christmas period commences, albeit it is now just 11 days due to getting out of work late on Friday.

Saturday 22nd produced around 13,000 roosting larids, but despite being hampered by poor viewing conditions in the rain and the murk, nothing of note could be found. Sunday was slightly better with a first-winter Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus in the roost of around 5-6,000 birds, and this bird appeared to be different to the bird seen last weekend.

A nice group of Pintail Anas acuta were a welcome addition to the wildfowl on D Reservoir, spending most of the afternoon chasing a one of two females present, the first redhead Smew Mergus albellus I’ve encountered on the reservoir this winter was elusive for most of the period of observation, while two Goosanders M merganser also put in an appearance. Additionally, an immature male Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginous flew south and a pale Buzzard Buteo buteo was just what it was… a Buzzard.

Pintail Anas acuta Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire December 2012

Pintail Anas acuta Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire December 2012

The mild nights have prompted the moth traps to be lit up for the final time in 2012, though only four Winter Moths Operophtera brumata were trapped last weekend.

Nine days of gull roosting remain, flooding pending!

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