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



  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.

  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).

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

  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!!

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

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

  8. Great pictures! Actually quite a handsome gull.


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