Black-headed gull, OK...... oh there it is.....
Bonaparte's gull on the list, bird number 257. A great addition to the year list the bird waded along the water's edge quite nearby and occasionally flew for a while before always returning to the same spot.
lorious sunshine has me on top of a sand dune looking over to Coquet island, another RSPB reserve which has nesting roseate terns. Out over the bay there were plenty of terns yet there was no way I could be totally convinced that any of them were roseates. None of them came close and I decided to try the harbour and adjacent rocks at nearby Amble.
Eider and red-breasted mergansers in the harbour. arctic terns were here and a few sandwich terns too but still no roseates. I retired to a cafe for lunch.
A figure appeared on the distant sand dunes and proceeded to walk towards me. Gareth Hughes! Brilliantly Gareth had decided to do some tern watching whilst on the way to Aberdeen. A bit of a detour on the way to see a white-winged scoter but here he was and almost immediately a roseate tern flew over our heads. Bird number 258 and a witness to witness the event.