Another blustery cool morning, even worse than yesterday, as showery rain came in around 08:00hrs, then heavy persistant rain around 10:00hrs.
I had to rush my walk a bit in the end, spending just 3 hours walking round, but a total of 48 species was quite respectable in the conditions. No Red Kite or Reed Warbler today, but CORMORANT, CANADA GOOSE and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were seen, that were not recorded yesterday. When I got home I was soaked, and a bit fed up that another May morning had slipped past, ruined by the weather.
Around noon, it brightened up, and after a sunday roast I took another walk out around Migrant alley. I thought I try to track down some of the easy species that I missed this morning, Long Tailed Tit, Lesser Whitethroat, and House Martin. It was very blustery, and none but the HOUSE MARTIN was found, but I did add KESTREL to the day list to bring up the 50. A most pleasing sight was a lone LAPWING - the first seen this month, this addition to the May list brought the total to 68, equal to the highest ever May total, I needed just one more new species for May.
I took my seat at Migrant Alley, and scanned the sky, fields and large mounds of earth, the wind blew stronger and spits of rain were again in the air, it felt cold, and I wondered to myself why I do this! The answer came back to me, when I spied 2 Gulls coming over from the NE, I got my bins on them and thought Black headed gull, but as they neared I could see they were in fact MEDITERRANEAN GULLS (125 - 100) ! Yessssssss!!! A new species for my patch, and a rush of adrenaline to make me forget the rain and wind - THIS IS WHY I DO IT!!!
Not only does this species bring me to 125 for my patch, but it's the 100th species this year - and the 69th species this month, setting a May record. I have only reached 100 species twice in the now 8 years of watching my patch, last year was the other, when it took me until October. What a weekend birding Ive had!!
Below are 4 photo's of the Med. Gulls