At the OFO "see shorebirds with help!" at Hillman Marsh on May 5, the shorebirds were not especially co-operative. (Four species.) There were, however, buckets of ducks and at least one interesting gull.
|GO trains fine, freight trains and everybody flies|
|If you're very bored, you could try aging all the herring gulls|
|Probable first cycle Lesser Black-backed gull (upper bird)|
This year, there's a couple of big washed-down trees, and lots of gulls. Mostly ring-bills, an unusually high proportion of herring gulls (the immature have to hang out with the ring-bills during breeding season?), and, well -- white undertail, pink legs, black bill, very dark mantle with some actual black colouring, particularly around the eyes, and slightly smaller than a herring gull, all visible in this bird. "Distinct tail band" not visible but I'm willing to go with Lesser Black-backed anyway.