So this is the second over-sea's trip of the year so far as I am catching up with Vincent. I took the overnight ferry and got grilled and taken in to questioning by Custom's officials (story for another day) after this I boarded and arrived to a rather grey, foggy and cold Hoek of Holland. Met with Vincent and after a few coffee's and a catch up chat we went and done the Gull's at Scheveningen. This is an area of harbour and beach where there is a lot of coastal defence work taking place at present which is creating a good feeding area for the Gulls. The area has form with an adult Ross's Gull found by Vincent in November 2004 which constituted Holland's 12th record but only the 3rd twitchable and the first twitchable adult and the site also gets annual White Winged Gulls but this year White Wingers are very few and far between in Holland like in the UK.
The photo above shows some of the heavy plant on site which is sand suppletion works which is increasing the area of the beach of which in turn is creating a good feeding area for the Gull's. The photo below shows a small part of the group.
Whilst going through the Gull's today's totals were: 3 Caspian Gull with singles of 1 st, 2nd and adult birds. Photos below show the 2nd winter individual which was the most obliging of the 3 and this was right at the end of the day when the birds flushed from the furthest end of the area and came in front of us.
Other sighting's today came in the form of 5 Yellow Legged Gull's, 2 1st winter and 3 adult birds. The Herring Gull below has a cripled left leg and missing from just below the tibia / tarsus joint.
Then we started getting in to the colour ringed birds on site and this bird was a new colour ringed combination for both Vincent and myself and the ring is on the tibia of the right leg with the code 60. See photo below for details.
The above Herring Gull is wearing a green colour ring on the left leg, on the tarsus and the code is MACP.
The above photo shows another Herring Gull gull wearing a red colour ring on the tarsus of the left leg with the code 235N as the photo below clearly shows.
So a good bit of time spent going through the gulls and again no White wingers but a good day still with some colour ring sightings. Away from Gull's other sightings today included a Common Scoter in the harbour, 60+ Barnacle Geese flew over, 120+ Sanderling, 30+ Turnstone and a single Shag. Photo below shows Vincent at one of his favoured birding loactions and where he finds many colour ringed Gulls. Check out his site at: http://babbler.blog.com/