Monday, 15 August 2011

Whitby and Scarborough

Just come back from a few days in Whitby and Scarborough, where we enjoyed a bit of sunshine, a couple of games of crazy golf and some great seabirds.

Whitby Harbour

Around the harbour I saw dozens of Herring Gulls (adults and juveniles), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 returning Turnstones, Black-headed Gulls, 2 Fulmar, Cormorant, Starling and Oystercatcher.

On the way home we stopped off at Scarborough to look for the Mediterranean Gulls that winter around the area. 4 birds; 2 moulting adults and 2 juvenile birds, were found on the rocks belowthe Spa in the South Bay.

Mediterranean Gull (moulting adult)

Also present on the rocks were all the ususal gulls, Oystercatcher and an adult Sandwich Tern, which was also moulting out of summer plumage.

Adult Sandwich Tern

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