Saturday, 7 June 2014
Magic Mull & Iona
Our Scottish trip started in fine fashion when we pulled into the car park at… and Tony announced "I think I've got an Iceland Gull here!" and sure enough amongst the Gulls on the estuary the nearest one to us was a superb 1st summer Iceland Gull! A cracking start. The team was composed of our Scilly stalwarts John H and Tim H and we were joined by Tony S who had contributed so much to our enjoyable twitch for the Dusky Thrush in Maidstone in Kent on 18 May 2013. The Iceland Gull was in 1st summer plumage of whitish plumage with bill showing pale base and black tip. It was always the closest of a group of Gulls but was quite wary and would run back a little if people walked to close. Also on the estuary were several Hooded Crow hybrids with 1 or 2 genuine birds around also. Drving past Loch Fyne, we briefly stopped and saw a Whooper Swan. Wood Warbler was singing from a local wood too.