Bird Notes columnist Julian Hughes of RSPB Conwy reveals the three rarities spotted in the past week and outlines where to go birding in the coming days
23:48, 15 MAY 2017
I was doing a waterbird survey on Saturday when local birder Marc Hughes sent a photo to my phone from the other end of RSPB Conwy reserve.
His hunch was that he’d found a Caspian Gull , but he wanted a better view. And a second opinion.
The photo looked good, and in the flesh it had a lot going for it as a Caspian Gull.
Identification requires a combination of features, but we remained slightly doubtful because the bill was not the colour we expected.
It was a big call, as it would only be the second ever seen in North Wales, and May is a surprising month to see one.
Marc grabbed a few more photos on his phone, and I scanned through gull pictures on the internet on mine.
When this chunky seabird spread its wings and flew, we became even more convinced that this was a Caspian Gull, but it circled high and disappeared towards Colwyn Bay , having been seen by just five people.