Monday, 16 April 2018

Blashford Lakes - Ringed Billed Gull & North Forest.

Belated Post:

After yesterday's day out on Forest & in Dorset today was a little late in starting due to the weather forecast and so it was a case of dodging the showers. Stuart was keen to see the Ring Billed Gull at Blashford Lakes as he hadn't seen any since the Rossi individual and so we gave it a go early afternoon. 

Two Wheatears and Two LRP's was a nice start as we entered the hide, an adult Little Gull was appreciated. Not being one for hides for too long myself I had a walk to the woodland hide for a stroll and see some nice Sikins, Brambling, Nuthatches, Great Spots, Greenfinches, Chaffinches. After an hour here I headed back to the Tern hide where six adult Med Gulls were now present. Still no sign of the Ringer but not long til it was pulled out - video below. 

Having secured the Ringer we headed off to the North end of the Forest in the hope of seeing a Hen Harrier and or a Merlin, it was damp & Gloomy with the light starting to fade as the day drew to a close but not before a nice adult male Hen Harrier came in for a fly around before dropping down to roost. A nice close out to the afternoon and Stuart was happy with his cache.

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