Gulls at Coate

This afternoon I headed over to Coate Water, mainly to check out the gulls. On the main lake were a hundred and thirty-four Canada Geese and on the nature reserve another one hundred and twenty-one. twelve Goosanders were seen, this time with the males outnumbered seven to five. From the first hide a Treecreeper was coming to the fat balls. A rough count of the quite impressive gull roost came up with a figure of one thousand two hundred  Black-headed, a single Yellow-legged and small numbers of Lesser Black-backed, Herring and Common. Also seen was what maybe a 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (thanks to Martin Adlam for his opinion). I definitely need to spend time on gull id.

Unfortunately these were just scanned with binoculars as at the moment I am not able to lug my scope around.  As I was walking back towards the car park end many more were flying in.


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