|Black Tern Chlidonias niger - an old pic from 2008
Today I checked the sea again in the hope of finding a Yelkouan Shearwater, skua or Gannet (all reported these days in other coastal locations), but found instead a flock of about 10 LITTLE GULLS on the sea in front of Miramare. One was clearly an immature (black "W" on back and upperwings), the others were mostly adults with black hoods and dark underwing.
Supporting cast included and unexpected female Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Common Terns and 1 Great Crested Grebe. A few days ago I also had a flock of 26 Med Gulls and 12 Black-necked Grebes.
This morning the first Golden Oriole in the patch was singing again and both Willow and Wood Warbler were heard a few days ago in the nearby gardens.
Local patch list now at 162 species.