A day in the field

Started off looking for the stunning black and white crow near Hough, no luck but loads of corvids among the sheep.

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Later at Marston the first couple of green sandpipers were back on the scrape. Couple of cetti’s singing and a few yellow wags around.

Spent the afternoon at Kilvington where I bumped into patch watcher Ed Staunton. We didn’t have anything too exciting, but after a while a yellow-legged gull dropped in, my first of the year. After bathing it flew to the far bank to preen, it was then that I noticed it had a severed right leg, just like ‘stumpy’, the wandering Caspian gull. Could it be? This had us scrutinising the bird further, but Ed was still pretty confident it was yellow-legged. The ‘jizz’ just wasn’t right for Caspian, but what a coincidence with the severed leg.

I later e-mailed photos to the one and only Dean Nicholson who confirmed it as y l gull.

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See ‘stumpy’ pics here..   www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=1909                                                                                                                                            or type in Where’s stumpy if link doesn’t work.