Saturday, 25 December 2010

Lutley Wedge 25/12/10 10.40am (-6°c) Freezing cold/snow cover (overnight severe frost -8/-9°c) Sunny, clear skies.

As the snow and ice continued to grip the Midlands and the rest of the U.K, hundreds of Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on the move this morning flying over mainly to the North, with smaller numbers of Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls mixed in with the flocks. The Larid highlight however was a superb adult Great Black-backed Gull which i picked out flying North with 14 L.B.B Gulls at 11.10am (and only the 2nd record of Great Black-backed Gull at Lutley Wedge, since the first in December 1998!)
Although in the Midlands as a whole Great Black-backed Gulls are classed as a 'fairly common winter visitor', the winter distribution in the West Midlands is very low only 1% and even Worcestershire only 5% according to 'The new Birds of the West Midlands 2005'. This is presumably why it's taken me 12 years, and the coldest December for a 100 years to record Lutley's second! It was worth the wait!
Also seen:-
5 Lapwing (1 >E) (4 >NNW)
40 Fieldfare
10 Redwing
1 Siskin
Spot the GBB! 25/12/10
Great Black-backed Gull (middle) and Lesser Black-backed Gulls 25/12/10

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