Armed with 5 loaves of Asda smart price bread at only 40p a loaf, I turned up on the Prince of Wales pier last Saturday morning (21st) hoping to entice the Glaucous Gull into performing for the camera. Tim Gutsell arrived a few minutes after me and a little later Phil Smith who found the Gull earlier in the week came for another look. I saw it more or less straight away but being right on low tide it decided to roost up on the hover port apron and no amount of bread was enticing it from its slumber. (too much bread earlier in the week I think) We waited for a couple of hours and eventually the Glaucous Gull was tempted and gave us great views as it muscled in on the frenzy of Herring Gulls that were attracted by the easy pickings. Great Black Backed Gulls were seen as were Herring and Black Headed Gulls but noticeably absent were the presence of any Kittiwakes. Only other birds of note were a couple of Rock Pipits seen aptly enough on the rocks by the hover port apron.
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Great Black Backed Gull