1stw Caspian Gull with Herring Gulls and a Great-black backed Gull - Whinney Hill tip, Lancs - 23rd Dec 2008.
After yesterdays frustrations at Fishmoor re adequately documenting the prob 1stw Caspian Gull in the roost, I knew i wouldn't get a good nights sleep and predictably woke early at 05:00. Within 5 seconds of awakening I was 'chewing' on the bird, so i got up and poured over Caspian Gull images on the net until 07:30!
Hell bent on relocating the Gull, it was still dark when I arrived at Fishmoor. During the first 40 mins of light, a (the?) 1stw Glaucous Gull was seen both on the roof and the water but I failed to locate yesterdays target bird.
I began concentrating on an area where the Gulls were within 'clinching' record shot distance. Over an hour passed before the magic moment I was praying for thankfully arrived... and 'THE' bird appeared perched on a ridge amongst other Gulls........... an absolutely cracking example of a 1stw Caspian Gull! - No doubt!
Grainy record shot of the 1stw Glaucous Gull. On two occasions during the week I suspected two 1stw may be present but never proved it. Today, both Allen Holmes & Mark Fanshawe both independently commented that they thought two birds may be involved at Whinney Hill/Fishmoor, one more of a brute than the other.