GLAUCOUS GULL sat calmly amongst the other Herring Gulls. We enjoyed the bird for a good couple minutes but just as I was texting the news out to other locals, it took flight, did a round of the lagoon and just as I managed to pull the camera out of my bag, it flew over and left behind Pennance Point, presumably to roost offshore with the rest of the gulls.
By now I was getting pretty cold and despite committing to a walk up to Swanpool Point to scan the gulls again I didn't warm up any more and ended up shivering all the way. As a result, I didn't have much concentration (spoke gibberish for a good half hour) and only saw a single Mediterranean Gull and a Peregrine shoot through the gull roost.
A relatively early start seawatching from the Hooked Cafe on the 23rd was reasonably productive. I soon realised the wind was blowing with a decent force and direction so I ended up heading down to Pennance Point instead for the sea-watch. Lots of Fulmar, Kittiwakes flying about. Several Black-throated Divers and Great Northern Divers which were regularly flying between Falmouth and Maenporth Bay (didn't count them though as I was more focused on the distant stuff). A trickle of Gannets and Guillemots were also moving but there wasn't as much happening as I had hoped so gave up which. That's when the adult GLAUCOUS GULL flew directly past me at the headland! It's probably the same individual that's been hanging around the Falmouth area for a while now.
adult Glaucous Gull west past Pennance Point (probs the same individual as the one I saw on the 18th and 21st Feb)
adult Kittiwake on Swanpool
3rd winter Mediterranean Gull
regarding the Med Gull, I'm a little concerned regarding it's aging. The Helm gull guide mentions that 3rd winters can have traces of black markings to the outer webs of P8-10. However, this individual has markings on P7 and 8! With all the variability expressed by gulls I guess it's acceptable for some to show markings on P7 despite no mention of it the gulls bible. Any thoughts/opinions?