Tuesday, 11 February 2014

I Really Should Know Better

The last two days have seen improvement again with the pain now just about gone.  I had to go and give a blood sample at the local surgery this morning and having done so successfully got back home and the sun came out.  Beryl and I agreed that if we were to have a chance to see a Ross's Gull now was the time to go.  It took us less than an hour to get to Aberavon Beach near Port Talbot and the news was promising as the Ross's Gull had been seen around 10am.  We walked out on the jetty and saw plenty of gulls but not the one we were looking for.

Juvenile Little Gull

We returned and I spent a couple of hours with many others in the lea of the jetty hoping the Arctic waif would appear.  False hopes were raised by the appearance of 2 juvenile Little Gulls together with an adult.  An Oystercatcher and 20 Turnstones briefly showed themselves and a few Kittiwakes were also around.  At 3.20pm and with squally showers now established we left no wiser as to what a Ross's Gull looks like in the flesh.  Getting home I read online that the gull was seen briefly at 4.02pm.  When will I learn?  I did appreciate the 2 Lesser Redpolls on the niger seed in the garden this morning.  There's always another day!

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