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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Southend Pier

July 30th

A brekkie in Thorpe Bay with the missus after scouting the beach for Sanderling, was quickly followed by a visit to the end of the Pier.

I know it is early for Sanderling but worth a look along the beach, it also produced a pre high tide gathering of 23 Mediterranean Gulls including 1 juvenile.

Arriving out on the end of the Pier showed 6 Mediterranean Gulls, this also included a juvenile but not the same bird as seen earlier.

Turnstones were already at roost and numbered 34 birds, many still in summer plumage.

There was also a Tern juvenile that I looked long and hard at as the base of the bill was black, this usually makes it Arctic.
However I think the legs were too long and I arrived at Common, a bit too early for Arctics also.


Juv Mediterranean Gull

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