Long Billed Dowitcher - gone
Smew - Gone twice! And dipped again TWICE in December
American Wigeon - gone
Water Pipit - couldn't find
Gt White Egret - gone
Bean Goose - flushed by idiot parachuting on to the flock
Snow Goose - gone
Green Winged Teal - gone
White Fronted Goose - flushed by man with dog in a field he shouldn't have been in
Osprey - Frank had lie in
Barn Owl - 2 flying round just didn't connect!
Bearded Tit - strangely not showing or calling
Hobby - Had to leave half hour before it showed from where we were
Kingfisher - Should have got there earlier!
Quail - Couldn't find
Ring Billed Gull - Couldn't find or not there
Curlew Sandpiper - Wrong state of tide twice
Lapland Bunting - Missed all the passage migrants
Purple Sandpiper - Couldn't find
Sadly we didn't have time to see if the Waxwings were back at yesterday's dip site on the way back to pick Wifey up.
As for our mystery dead gull the guys at Nerd Forum are ignoring us, 190+ views and only our 'bump', probably because they are all looking at the Slaty Backed Gull down in London! Somewhere a few posts before Christmas there is a mention on this blog of a rather pink legged Lesser Black Backed Gull on the beach here - not that we're claiming anything but if they're turning up in the eastern seaboard of States and Canada wouldn't one/it/they drop off in Blackpool before hitting London. Yeah right... So on with our mystery bird. A good search through Olsen & Larsson doesn't really help.
We reversed the pic of the upperwing to be able to do a direct comparison with their illustrations
The white fringe to the inner web of P10 points to 'argentatus' but shouldn't it be joined to the long white tip?
P9 should have a mirror, probably a big one on either both or just the inner webs!
P 7 & 6 look to have a white moon/pearl, again suggesting 'argentatus' rather than 'argenteus'
P5 has that small spot which again could be more 'argentatus' than 'argenteus'
The overall mantle colour seemed too pale for 'argentatus' though.
So basically we're still none the wiser!
Where to next? Back for that Willow Tit...AGAIN!!!
In the meantime let us know if there are any Slaty Backed Gulls in your outback
Doh...'Pool gave away a goal in the last five minutes AGAIN - by our reckoning that's 9 points thrown away so far this season which had they not conceded late would have them in 5th place! IDIOTS!!!