Last year I was birding at a lake in Quarteira in the Algarve on 28th January.There was a flock of Little Gulls there, and it was the first time I had seen them anywhere . It was a rather grey day, but I took some photos. On subsequent visits I never saw them again.
During last summer the Quarteira lake was practically dried up, and most of the birds left, and although the lake is now full again, there are still very few birds.
Today, 31st January, I was at the Salgados lagoon, some 20 miles from Quarteira, and there were the Little Gulls! First time I had seen them this year.
I'm reasonably new to birding, yet I'm seeing in this my second winter in the Algarve just how very predictable some of the habits of many species of birds are, and it is totally fascinating.
I don't find gulls paticularly exciting, but I do think these Little Gulls are just delightful!