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The Elusive Ross's Gull

The news that the Ross's Gull had been refound on the Fylde was definitely very welcome but as I couldn't get out of work, I was getting rather twitchy! When it was reported as loitering around Granny's Bay at Lytham, I knew that I had to go. I still waited for home time (which is mercifully early on a Friday) and headed for the coast. 3/4 hour later, I was pulling up behind Maurice Jones's car as her was packing up - the bird had been really close but was now out on the channel. I made my way to the remaining birders including Bill and John but it wasn't showing. I was starting to get that horrible feeling!
However, after about an hour I caught a fleeting glimpse as it took flight from behind he bank that was concealing it and landed a few yards down river (and hiding again). I managed to get four flight views over the next half hour - glad it wasn't my first though I think my previous one many years ago at Seaforth was also rather distant.
Knowing that I'll…

A Lancashire Lifer

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Well, I certainly played this one cool - spring migrants don't generally hang around but this beautiful male White-spotted Bluethroat did just that allowing me to get to grips with this species in Lancashire for the first time (my 297th for the county).

What a stunning bird! Fortunatley it waited for me to finish work and get up to Lancaster by 6pm. As I arrived it started to show quite well for a short while before hiding back in the thick cover. I just about managed to get this single shot of it before it hid!

March 31st Abuko and Home

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Tijan picked us up one final time to take us to the airport via Abuko where we were successful in drawing out a Grey-headed Bristlebill and Collared Sunbird as well as getting better views of Malachite Kingfisher, Green Turacos and several other birds.

We finally said our farewells to Tijan – an excellent guide and great company – and headed for home. We’d seen 204 species (136 lifers for me) in what was the quietest part of the year and had several memorable experiences of the real Gambia that so many visitors don’t see.