Glaucous Gull, juvenile -Lawford Heath
Glaucous gull, juvenile - just visible(honest) back,centre of flock
Beer No. 4 -Mad Goose Purity Brewery, Shilton Arms
Pint of Mad Goose
Monday 9th January 2012
Started the day with a circuit of Lawford Heath. A gathering of gulls could be seen distantly on one of the few 'green' fields, but with no real viewing point I moved on. A few Yellowhammers were seen near the farm but no sign of any Corn Bunting.
A walk round Draycote Water also produced very few birds, there was a small flock of Goosander but duck numbers seemed to be generally low, like the water level, and no sign of the hoped for Red breasted Merganser. There were few woodland species with only single Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk and Song Thrush. I decided to give the Heath another go. Good decision. At one point it was possible to view the gull flock, albeit distantly, over a couple of fields. Through a gap in the hedge sat a juvenile Glaucous gull. Outstanding. Even more outstanding when most of the flock got up and flew over my head back to the tip. I grabbed the camera and managed to get a few shots as the Glauc flew close by. All this excitement had given me a bit of a thirst so I popped into the Shilton Arms at Shilton on the way home for a pint of Mad Goose from the Purity Brewery.