As you may have read from a number of local sources Little Gulls have been moving through our area in small numbers over the past few weeks. This began with immature birds being seen on a number of dates in the Chesil Cove to Ferrybridge area. Over the past week or so however adults birds have begun to arrive. Several have been spotted flying eastwards past Portland Bill. Today, Peter Coe and I followed up a flock of eleven birds located at muddy fields adjacent to Cogden Beach - a few miles west of Portland. We arrived there today to the spectacle of over twenty adult Little Gulls along with a number of Black-headeds, and singles (?) of Common Gull and Kittiwake all apparenty feeding up on worms at the same site.
Keen to record 'adult-in-February' Little Gull plumages I took lots of photographs.
|Adult winter-plumage Little Gull, Cogden Beach, Dorset - February 18th 2014|
One imagines these birds are on their way up the English Channel, stopping off to refuel on their way. Go here to see another interesting gull I photographed at the very same field last year.
I will be adding further pictures of these Little Gulls to this blog post and announcing here on the dates I do so.