Welcome to the Buteo Wildlife blog, a record of some of the wildlife that we have been seeing and occasional identification articles that will hopefully be useful for those trying to learn about wildlife.

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22 March 2012

Mike finds a local Iceland Gull (14th March 2012).

On one of his regular volunteering days at Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve, Mike was fortunate to come across a near adult Iceland Gull. There have been unusually high numbers of Iceland Gulls in the UK during the early part of 2012, coinciding with a influx into other parts of north west Europe and the Faroe Islands. Rainham Marshes has already attracted some of these attractive gulls this year, when they join other gulls scavenging on the nearby rubbish tip, but this one was a new one, as none of the same age (4th year) had so far been recorded at the site.
Other birds also present on the reserve during the day included, Cetti's Warbler, Pintail, Water Rail, and a Short-eared Owl which Mike saw while he was locking up the hides at the end of the day.

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