Monday, 26 October 2009

MEGA - GREAT SKUA briefly at Amwell - 25/10

A bit of excitement for Bill Last and myself at Amwell this evening when a GREAT SKUA came in from the north west, descending sharply towards the roosting gulls on the pit, being mobbed by half a dozen Jackdaws - Bill spotted it first. It circled the pit several times before gaining height and slowly drifting off to the east - still circling slowly, still with the Jackdaws in attendance. The bird had a moult gap on the inner primaries of both wings, so was presumably an adult (or at least not a juvenile). This was my 213th species for the site.

Also adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 PINTAIL, 8 Little Egrets, 1 European Golden Plover.

An afternoon visit to Ware tip resulted in good views of a perched juvenile Goshawk - sadly it was perched on a falconer's arm (Barry Reed).

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