Saturday, 14 January 2012

Gull blizzard

A quick post, I reckon to have seen about 90 WW gulls today. I took over 400 pix but will sort them out and post tomorrow.

 Selection box

 Glaucous Gull

 Selection box up

 Kumlien's Gull, juvenile

 Iceland Gull adult

 Iceland, 2nd winter

 Adult Iceland and 2nd W Kumlien's

 Glaucous Gull

 2nd W Kumlien's Gull

Skaill Bay and loch c 11:30 3 Kumlien's; 12 Iceland and 11 Glaucous (probably a
few more Glaucous but I couldn't be in two places at once...)

 Iceland and Kumlien's Gulls, sorting exercise

 Adult Kumlien;s Gull, a rather distinctive one

 Kumlien's Gull, 2nd W

Sand Geo, the fishing huts at Marwick; 3 Kumlien's (at least) but including two
smart and obvious adults; 45 Iceland Gulls (that's an estimate) and 7 Glaucous.
There's a large amount of decaying whale in the geo, the wwgs think it's a

The Choin, Marwick, 12 Iceland and 3 Glaucous.

Didn't have time to get to Birsay or anywhere else.

On the back of Skaill beach from the car there was a small flock of 8 or so
buntings that didn't show any white. Unfortunately I didn't hear them and was
driving at the time, rather suspected that they were laps.

At home the Tree Sparrow was present and a Woodcock flew through the garden at dusk. Also at dusk a hunting hen harrier and Short-eared Owl.

 Home sunsets, including Venus


AndyC said...

Amazing stuff,wish I was there to see that lot.....

Stewart said...

Its just crying out for a Ross's or an Ivory. There's your mission, if you choose to accept it....

Alastair said...

Photos posted now. I have been trying Stewart, posted today (in a few minutes) my attempt at American herring Gull, opinions welcome, please.

Nick Carter said...

Just ridiculously good :)