14 October 2012

First winter visitors



A tatty looking Glaucous Gull at Kamiiso this afternoon, one of several 'winter' birds appearing in town the last couple of days.


There were 5 species of gull at Kamiiso including a large flock of Black Headed Gull. Wigeon, Pochard and Tufted Duck were on the river as was a lone Great Egret. There were also hundreds of Brambling in the fields feeding on sunflower seeds. Nearer home I saw  the first Daurian Redstart of the season on Friday and the resident Spot Billed Ducks are being joined by Mallard and ever growing numbers of Teal. # species of heron included the usual skulking Night Herons and another Great Egret...................

I've had a bit of a cold and sore throat the last 2 or 3 days so didn't do much. Can't believe it was too hot to sleep at night only 3 or 4 weeks ago..........................
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8 comments:

  1. 'Proper' birds at last Stu - hoping for a nice Glauc here after last winter's Iceland.

    Cheers

    Davo

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  2. That is one worn individual - must have a hard life being a hard bird!
    They have gotten really rare here - just a couple of records a year in Lothian and none for me in many years.

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  3. Thanks for the comments. Glaucous Gull is still pretty common in Hokkaido in winter, surprised they are so scarce in the UK (mind you I only ever saw one there).

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  4. That picture really emphasises just how big those glaucs are. Must be very intimidating to other birds they meet on their travels.

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  5. Hey I did not know or remember you could get Glaucous gull... There are numerous over here, but look a bit different ;-) NIce flight shots Stu... Sorry to be so absent, but I'm overloaded with work!!

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  6. Quite a lovely and interesting gull actually despite the name! LOL!
    Great photos!
    Enjoy your WE and birding!

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  7. Nice shots of the Glaucous Gull, one got as far south as us in Hong Kong last winter, to the delight of many !

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  8. Great pictures! Actually quite a handsome gull.

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