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2 Iceland Gulls in the garden!

4th November 2020

From a single yesterday to 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls in the garden! Will there be a flock of them tomorrow? If there is, I’m afriad that there will be more pics of white wingers

Opened the curtins this morning and the closen’t bird to the window was the pale juvenile Iceland Gull with some 30 Herring Gull close behund it. 7 Redwing also shot out from the tree next to me and the Grey Wagtail was in the muddy pools. Mid morning at Porth Hellick and another 50 Redwing flew east. Everything else I saw of note were all vocal including 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, the Great Spotted Woodpecker and 3 or 4 Cetti’s Warbler, including an individual at Higher Moors. Returned to work and 2 Brambling flew east over the castle with Chaffinch. A ten minute look at Rose Hill produced 2 Firecrest but it was when I was walking back to my digs that I heard and then saw a Lapland Bunting fly south over the garden. For the next hour, the garden was the place to be and it was while trying to get flight shots of the pale Iceland Gull coming towards me, that I immediatly relised that it was a different bird, being the more typical coffee colour. 2 Iceland Gull were now over the garden with a 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull. I could hear a Firecrest in the Redwing tree to my left and a male Merlin spooked everything, including 50 Chaffinch NW out of the pine belt.

The pale Iceland Gull first thing this morning directly in front of the window

One of the 2 Firecrest at Rose Hill

The coffee coloured juvenile Iceland Gull only briefly touched the ground before flying off high NNW

While the pale juvenile Iceland Gull hung around the garden for most of the day and was still present just before dark.

This 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull circled once and then moved on. As the gulls come closer, sometimes it’s not so easy to take photos from the window as you can see from the image above.

There are also up to 50 Herring Gull in the garden area

I’ve got to leave the garden alone and get out in the field and with Graham letting me know that there was a Yellow-browed Warbler in the campsite garden, I made my ways to Lower Moors. 4 Yellow-browed Warbler and the Great Spotted Woodpecker was all I could muster and at Newford Duckpond with 7 Chiffchaff, was another Yellow-browed Warbler. While watching the Greylag and Russian White-fronted geese in they’re fovoured field, three flocks of Chaffinch, totalling over 200 birds moved east. Some 30 Fieldfare and 40 Redwing also flew over north. Got home just before dark to be greeted by the pale Iceland Gull. If it’s here tomorrow, I’ll have to give it a name

One of the 4 Yellow-browed Warbler that I had at Lower Moors

I must of seen over 100 Redwing today including 40 with 30 Fieldfare above north over the geese

I managed to see over 250 Chaffinch including this flock of 100, east, also over the geese

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Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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