Headed to Dawlish Warren next, and for the first time this year, it actually started to feel like summer. When I arrived, a large mass of black-headed gulls were circling. I checked through for the bonaparte's gull and momentarily get excited about a gull with a pale underwing, but it was just a mediterranean gull. As I approached the hide, a found a water pipit feeding close by with a couple of rock pipits.
From the hide, a scan produced the expected selection of waders plus a 'continental' cormorant, a few red-breasted mergansers and some grey plovers. I did locate a possible adult Caspian Gull - the bird showed the typical upright stance, full chest, long legs and primaries and a clean white head. The unseasonal heat haze made it difficult to pick out specific features though, I would have been much more confident of caspian if I could see that the bird had a dark eye.
Some other birders later joined me next to the hide, and one found a Dartford Warbler in the scrub that I probably would have missed!
Spot the Dartford!
Eventually, the same birder picked up the BONAPARTE'S GULL flying past and heading out towards Exmouth before Disappearing.
This blown-up shot shows the white underwing and black trailing edge to the primaries which seperate it from black-headed gull.
A caspian gull? (Bird on the Right)
Also had a barnicle goose on the saltmarsh. Headed back to Dart's Farm to see if the pedulines had shown today, but unfortunatly, they hadn't.