Two common seaside birds with red legs and beaks, as we travel back north in very cold conditions. The gorgeous Oyster Catcher masses on estuaries in winter where its haunting piping call can be heard across the waters where they feed on mussels, small crustaceans and worms. In winter it is joined by thousands of migrant cousins from Norway. It breeds on almost all the UK’s coasts in spring but in recent years has been found nesting inland more. The Black Headed Gull, as I posted a while ago, doesn’t have a black head in winter, only a couple of small, dark marks, but it’s legs and beak are really bright, as this photo taken in Bexhill two days ago shows. Like the Herring Gull, it is a great scavenger, feeding inland and on rubbish dumps as much as on the coast in modern times. Conditions: Bright, sunny and cold. Temperature: Max 2 – Min0 c.