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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Day of the Herring gull.

                                   Queensbury mud flatts.
                                       Its the rugby field really
                                   Starting to pick up several small gulls.

A much milder day with temperatures up around 8 deg with early mist and then heavy rain and drizzle till late morning. By then the rain had cleared leaving a not bad afternoon apart from the cool WNW>5.

Each day this week we,ve had a species movement with Pinkies, Mistle Thrushes, Blackbirds and today was the day of the Herring gull. Several stragglers went over >W and >SW this morning and then dropped off before midday but this was rekindled when NK visited the garage pm and on his way out shouted back that Herring gulls were going over. After this I kept an eye out and got good numbers going over until dark. A phone call alerting NK found that he was getting the same so the birds were moving on a broad front.
Around 70 birds were counted all >W and SW but these were only casual observations from the garage so many would have been missed.
BS

2 comments:

NigelK said...

It was an exceptional sighting, even for the c22 I got eventually which doesn't compare with your count. Historically, I've never gone higher than say 5 with this gull in our area. I do realise of course that it's been my bogie bird - not any more.

DJSutcliffe said...

Great to pick the Herring Gull movement up today.