|pink-footed geese, Loch of Strathbeg|
|Eiders at the Ythan Estuary (plus common gulls in flight)|
Twice now I have seen a yellow-legged gull in the roost, associating with the lesser-black-backs but standing out from the crowd with it's paler grey wing-feathers and relatively white feathering on the head. Herring gull is very similar but has more streaking on the head and is a paler shade of grey. These distinguishing features are important as the most distinctive feature - leg colour - is rarely visible in the roost as all the birds sit on the water. The most recent bird, last Tuesday, also had a black marking on the bill, indicating it was not quite a full adult, though the plumage showed no vestiges of immature mottled feathering that I could see. This photo is not great, but I think you can see this feature. I have yet to see a herring gull in the roost so far this autumn. I am not a great expert on gulls - still learning - so welcome any comments on the gull news/pics.
|adult yellow-legged gull (front, left of centre)|
Finally, my photo of one of the great skuas at Grimsbury last week appeared in the pages of the Banbury Guardian. They do give wildlife a good profile in our local paper, and cover environmental issues from time to time, which is good to see.