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Friday, December 10, 2010

The big thaw

The strong westerly continued to blow throughout the day and temperatures in the garage were up to 6 deg bringing a rapid thaw.
By the end of the day Foxhill Park was back to green grass although there was plenty flooded areas as the photo above shows.
All I need now is some Warburtons bread to attract my very own Med Gull.
By todays reports it sounds as if there are at least 3 Med gulls in the area with NKs poss second summer, NCDs adult and now another bird for NCD showing either 1 leg or an injured leg.
The Med gull is a bird near unheard of years ago, or just not recognized, but now we seem to get more reports each year. Is this due to more of this species or are we just genned up more nowadays.
When I started birding in the early sixties many sub species were unheard of, never mind gulls from distant shores, in those days if you got a Chiffchaff that was what it was, no question of Sibes or Ibes which made a birders life much less complicated.
The same with gull watching on the then many local tips, no scopes, just a pair of bins that were so heavy you could only hold them up for a few minutes at a time before your arms started dropping off.
No computers, no mobile phones, no pages, no transport other than the bus, no scope and very limited bird books, however did we manage...... Happy days and lots of good memories.
BS
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