Vigils over D reservoir at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire continue despite Gullmas coming to an end.
With winter remaining relatively mild to date, very little wildfowl appear to be on the move, though a drake Pintail Anas acuta appeared on D res on Sunday 12th, while the Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus above is one of the few around the northern end of the site at the moment.
It was the Larids that provided the most interest over the weekend, with the second Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus of the winter roosting overnight on Saturday 11th – these record photos taken in the fading light and heavily cropped. The 12th saw over 5000 large gulls roost, but alas as is regular with Tophill white-wingers, the bird didn’t reappear the following night.
At least one adult Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus appeared both Saturday and Sunday with perhaps two in the roost on Saturday evening.
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