Waldo the returning Ring Billed Gull.
On the 9th November my destination was Blashford lake for another look at the Franklin's Gull which has been coming into roost there , however first i went via Gosport for the returning Ring Billed Gull which has been given the nickname of " Waldo " , this is the 13th winter it has returned to this area , heaven knows where it goes in the summer ??
Flying off with his prize.
Small " mirrors on primaries.
Coming into land.
From here i headed off to Ibsley lake , Blashford and duly found a decent place in the hide to view the gulls when they come into roost , this bird is still drawing in the birders as it didn't take long for the hide to fill up , whilst i waited i had plenty to keep me occupied , 2 Black Nccked Grebes , male and female Goldeneye , Kingfisher , Yellow Legged Gull plus several Egyptian Geese.
Four Egyptian Geese.
And at 4.22 pm exactly the Franklin's Gull was picked out right at the back of the gull roost , the light wasn't to bad and it was on view for a good 15 mins until the light faded quite rapidly , the gulls all took flight and the Franklin's was lost to view .
Smart looking gull.
Great days birding with a couple a year ticks as a bonus.