Back in February of this year myself and my friend Chris Orders 'twitched' an adult Bonaparte's Gull that was frequenting a small pond in Eastbourne, Sussex, but things conspired against us and we failed to see this bird.
A couple of weeks ago another Bonaparte's, this time a first summer bird, turned up at a place in Kent called Oare Marshes NR. Today we 'twitched' again, but on this occasion we were successful in our mission.
It is supposed to be 'Flaming' June, but on arrival the wind was blowing a gale, spots of rain were hitting the windscreen and the temperature gauge dipped into single figures. Summer time in Britain. Nonetheless, the bird was seen and after giving us a bit of a run around, gave good views.
A bird that is from the States, as common there as 'our' Black-headed Gull, but is smaller and has an all black bill, along with short, pink legs.
Finally, Boney was in the bag!
Thanks, again, to Chris for driving. We must be mad!