Always dangerous wandering round at work without bins, particularly this morning, when I noticed a very dark streaky-headed winter gull around the top end of Crosby Marine Lake...didn't look quite right to be a Yankee Herring (too small), but it still had me going.
My sanity was restored when I was able to watch it thro' the scope later and blat away at it with the camera - a pale eyed, wicked looking argentatus I think.
Primaries not long enough to be a Yankee HG and the bird was way too small anyway, from what I remember of them...but still was an interesting looking bird.
It did get me checking some of the more arcane aspects of gull identification for a few minutes, but fortunately a Merlin tanking north over the dunes reminded me that larus land is a cold and painful place ...watching zippy little falcons is much more fun.
Sprawk and Scaup about today too.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...