Sunday, 11 March 2012

Pitsea tip - 10 March 2012

Saturday saw three of us heading over to Pitsea for another run out with the North Thames Gull Group. As we were setting up it was noticeable that the majority of the birds feeding on the tip were Black-headed Gulls. Once our load of fresh rubbish had been delivered and spread the gulls came in quickly, at first mostly Black-headed Gulls, but after a wait due to the gull numbers and a minor technical problem a catch was achieved by which time some of the bigger gulls had come in, with a good catch of 419 bird, with single controls of Black-headed and Herring Gulls.

Black-headed Gull age 7

Also on the tip were four Mediterranean Gulls, a single Yellow-legged and Caspian Gulls.

The catch total was (413 new, 4 re-traps and 2 controls):

Black-headed Gull - 295 (3)
Common Gull - 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 8
Herring Gull - 413 (6)