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Pagham Birder: The Blog

A regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
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Monday, February 10, 2014

A Kracking Kumlien's!

Kumlien's Gull in flight.

Reports of a Kumlien's Gull and a Glaucous Gull during the weekend was sufficient to entice me to Littlehampton this morning. Met up with like minded birders only to be told the Glaucous had flown east and the Kumlien's was on  the other side of the harbour entrance. Much discussion, should we, shouldn't we drive all the way round to the other side. Maybe the birds will come back this way...maybe not!

After 40 minutes decided to drive round to the Clymping side only to be told the Kumlien's had just flown to the other side ...somewhere!.

Decided to stay and wait and sure enough, a shout eventually went up ...."there it is in flight and coming this way"!!

Had an enjoyable time  taking over  400 photos as it fed on molluscs giving good photographic opportunities.

Kumlien's Gulls are the North American race  of Iceland Gulls and breed in Baffin Isand and N.E. Canada hence a nice rarity to catch up with.

Kumlien's Gull
...just taken off...and away it goes!
Birders watching from the east side of harbour entrance.

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