Sunday, 31 July 2011

31st July 2011 Beachy Head Calm and clear

Yellow-legged Gull 1 juv.
Swallow 1
Redstart 1 female
Nightingale h
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 5
Willow Warbler 10
Garden Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Whitethroat 10
Treecreeper 1
Raven 2

 Reed Warbler in the Hotel Garden

 Grasshopper Warbler in Chat Vale

 Common Treecreeper in Belle Tout Wood

 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Belle Tout
In the field this large barrel-chested individual appeared heavy-billed with obvious gonys angle, square-headed with dark mask complete with dark underwings all combined to suggest nothing other than a standard michahellis...

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Belle Tout
... but taken out of context the above two images apparently showing fluffy-white axilliaries, a long slender jizz with an apparently more pear-shaped head and snouty and longer-billed appearance could all mislead into suggesting a close relative!