Iceland drops in as Meds return

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire February 2016

Despite January being incredibly quiet gull wise for the majority of the month at Tophill Low NR, in East Yorkshire, the opening week of February has seen up to seven species in some of the evening roosts.

The highlight was a first winter Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides which appeared on the evening of the 6th just before last light. Normally, the scarcer larger larids never return to D reservoir the following evening, so it was something of a surprise when the bird dropped in late-afternoon on the 7th allowing for some record shots to be taken.

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire February 2016

Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire February 2016

This second winter Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus was one of up to six different individuals noted over the course of the week. One, but more probably two, first winters also appeared on regular occasions along with 2-3 different adults.

Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire February 2016

Scaup Aythya marila Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire February 2016

The drake Scaup Aythya marila was present on and off since first arriving on January 30th, while up to two Goosander Mergus merganser roosted on several occasions.

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