The reason I was here was to try and connect with a glaucous gull. This has been resident for a few weeks now feasting on one of the seal carcasses on the beach.
I watched if for about 90 minutes as other birders arrived as well. We were all hoping it would finish its ablutions and come up to the beach and feed.
There are two distinct characteristics which you can use, both of which are shown above. The mealy are larger and are much greyer in their plumage. As you can see, the left-hand bird is much colder in its plumage compared to the warmer, browner tones on the right. Not a prize winning photo but quite instructive nevertheless. There were also marsh tits and treecreepers in the surrounding area. As a last stop I went back to Cley hoping to catch the glaucous gull in some better light. It was nowhere to be seen but the flock of snow bindings were showing well on the shingle.
Another really good day with 6 year ticks in the bag. The journey home was a trek as an accident had closed the A505 causing a large diversion down country lanes but it only slightly took the gloss off it. Up to 173 for the year now, way better than any previous year. Still hoping for 180 by end of Feb but I'm running out of "easy" birds to get now!!!!