With the prospect of another dull and potentially damp day I decided to pop to Upton Warren NR for a bit of birding. Over the past few week there has been varying numbers of Mediterranean Gulls with a peak of 11 birds being seen on site (which is a new county record). On the day I visited there were only 4 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adult & 2 2nd Summer) present but it was still good to see them all the same. Now don't get me wrong I'm certainly not a "Larophile" (although I know a few!), but I can appreciate the beauty of a summer plumage adult Med Gull. The all white wings, black head, deep red bill with yellow tip...there is just something about them. Don't believe me then look at the photo below.
Also of interest at the flashes were 13 Avocets (8 adults & 5 juv), 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper.
From the Flashes I headed over to the Moors Pool. Along the causeway the Bee Orchids had miraculously survived the recent flooding and a single Pyramidal Orchid was in bloom too.
On one of the islands there were 2 adult Oystercatchers attending to 3 chicks. A further 3 adult Oystercatchers were seen chasing and piping over the pool. Also present was a single adult Common Tern. Four Bullfinch (2♂ & 2♀) were using the feeding station.
All in all it was a very enjoyable change of scenery. It was also good to have a natter with old friends and new faces. I will have to not leave it so long before my next visit there.
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