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Wednesday 28 November 2018

Lower Cuckmere 28/11/18

Yet another day with grim weather and so I had no choice but to wrap up and go and look at the very large Gull flock in the Lower Cuckmere. Today there were two large flocks and so working between the two was hard work.

However, a total of three Caspian Gulls were found, with the most interesting being the same first-winter I had found on the 9th November and had not seen since until today. Also of interest was a presumed Polish-ringed third-winter (red ring with white lettering) and a stunning near-adult bird. Yellow-legged Gulls were also well represented with at least nine birds present, including six adults, a third-winter and two second-winters. An adult Mediterranean Gull was also in the area.

More unhelpful distant record shots are below.

Spot the Caspo!

Polish-ringed third-winter
Caspian Gull

Near-adult Caspian Gull

Two adult Yellow-legged & a
first-winter Caspian Gull.

First-winter Caspian Gull
The same individual first seen here on the
9th November, and not in the in-between period.

Adult Yellow-legged Gull