Out and about

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Leonard Poxon
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Out and about

Post by Leonard Poxon » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:25 pm

Yesterday.

Great Knowley -Mixed flock of 24 Long Tailed Tit, 4 Blue Tit & 2 Great Tit passed through the garden.

Chorley Cemetery - Birds seen/heard - Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jay, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Woodpigeon, Great Tit, Carrion Crow.
Mammals - 3 Grey Squirrel.
Fungi - Common Inkcap, Shaggy Inkcap, Clustered Domecap, Yellowing Knight, Fly Agaric, The Blusher, and several others as yet unidentified.

Today.

Anglezarke Reservoir - 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 20+ Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 1 Pied Wagtail and 1 possible Yellow Legged Gull (will post photos later).
Adjacent woodland - mixed flock of 9 Long Tailed Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit and a small warbler, probably a Chiffchaff. Robin, Wren, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Magpie, Jay, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Raven heard, Buzzard heard, Blue Tit and Chaffinch.

High Bullough Reservoir - 42 Mallard, 11 Tufted Duck.

Yarrow Reservoir - 8 Mallard, 3 Pied Wagtail, flock of 30+ passerines either finches or pipits down near water level and 14 Black Headed Gull.

Belmont Reservoir - 1 Moorhen, 35 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 15+ Mallard, several Teal in flight, 5 Lapwing, 1 Goldfinch and 1 Kestrel.

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Re: Out and about

Post by Leonard Poxon » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:37 pm

Some photos of the possible Yellow Legged Gull below, comments welcome.
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Leonard Poxon
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Re: Out and about

Post by Leonard Poxon » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:01 pm

Further Great Knowley sightings today:

Birds - 21 Wagtails over late afternoon.

Lepidoptera - 1 Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in the garden today.

Neville Root
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Re: Out and about

Post by Neville Root » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:46 am

I'm no expert on gulls Len, but it does look like a yellow-legged to me. Legs are not pinkish and the back is a darker grey than is usual for a herring, although aren't yellow-legged heads usually a clean white.

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Re: Out and about

Post by ianball » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:29 pm

A few concerns compared to the bird I had earlier this year. I feel the white spots in the primaries are too extensive, the head appears rounded, there are markings on the head around the eye, plus is the bill heavy enough? The Azorean sub species of YL Gull can show this level of head markings but then so does winter Lesser Black Backed. The grey on the back is also within range for 'graellsii' sub species of LBB Gull.


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Re: Out and about

Post by gary lilley » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:50 pm

Picture of a yellow legged gull on the manchester birding site today ( pennington flash post ) for comparison .

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