Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Arctic Beddington X

2nd winter Caspian Gull (photo by Kevin Guest) from a few days ago. Longer-billed, more barrel chested and longer-legged than today's bird and in combination with a fairly typical 2nd winter plumage I would say this is within the goal posts of a Caspian Gull.
Internal heat from the landfill cells is keeping areas unfrozen and passerines are using these areas as a lifeline through the freeze.

There has been an influx of juvenile plumaged gulls (presumably northern latitude).

Weather chart for 060110. That high pressure over the North Atlantic is pulling in north and easterly air on its eastern flank, effectively bringing the Arctic to the UK and cutting of the mild gulf stream airflow.

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