Sunday, 21 August 2011

Wheatear reality, gull fantasy

A Wheatear in North Field this morning, the third successive autumn this field has attracted this species, this being the earliest autumn record, as the previous two birds were in the first week of September.
There is little wheat left now, thanks to these beasts:
But ploughing is well under way, an activity the gulls find irresistible. There were over 150 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 40 Herring Gulls and a few tens of Black-headed Gull in the fields this morning, though all were distant:
The fantasy of finding another species of Gull in Cuddesdon remains just that.

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