Sunday, 31 July 2016

31st July 2016 Unst WNW1 Overcast

Just a couple of Chiffchaffs seen at Norwick today where there was an influx of Gulls feeding on the scraps from yesterday's fishing contest in the bay.

First-summer Herring Gull at Norwick beach
At first glance the rather plain uniform mantle and scapulars appeared rather intriguing for this age class but its eye colour, bill shape and colour, wing/tail length, old coverts, tail moult and moult score of its primaries all seem consistent with this species. A rather similar-looking July 2CY argenteus appears here.