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Kumlien’s Gull in the garden!

20th November 2020

I really wasn’t expecting to see the Kumlien’s Gull directly in front of my window this morning hanging out with ‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull

Like every morning, from the window, I scattered the bread out into the garden. The Grey Wagtail flew off to be immediately replaced by ‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull. Shortly afterwards the Kumlien’s Gull flew past. I just wanted it to touch down with all the Herring Gulls already on the deck. I observed it flying low, back and forth, while I was fractionally throwing out the loaf. It was now a race between the pigs getting to the bread before the Kumlien’s Gull. Pigs can move fast when they smell grub but on this occasion, the Kumlien’s got stuck in when it finally touched the ground. It settled down and hung out with ‘Billy’ for a good ten minutes until all the gulls took flight and flew out south.

If the Kumlien’s Gull hangs out with ‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull, then hopefully it will be a regular visitor each morning from now on.

I’ve now had 3 Iceland, including this Kumlien’s Gull, and 3 Yellow-legged Gull in the garden and I’ve got a feeling that it might not be long until I get a Glaucous Gull on the garden list. When we had the Laughing Gull invasion, back in 2005, in my other garden, just a stone’s throw away, there were 2 Laughing Gull most mornings and on one occasion, an Iceland Gull joined them, searching for pickings in the compost heap.

The local Carrion Crows are starting to getting braver. Normally they would fly off if I came near the window but on this occasion, it stuck around allowing me to get a decent photo of it.

So after seeing gulls from my window, what did I go and do next? I also went south down to Morning Point to see the very same gulls that were in the garden earlier on. This was confirmed when ‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull turned up at the outflow but there was no sign of the Kumlien’s Gull.

There were also 3 Medittanean Gull

Only 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull

And 2 Great Black-backed Gull

At mid-day I was at the Dump Clump where there were a single Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Woodcock, 2 Firecrest, 7 Chiffchaff and 10 Goldcrest. A short walk to the old town end of Lower Moors and for the first time, I got to see the Great Spotted Woodpecker after only hearing it call on most days when out. There were also 4 Swallow hawking over the houses. Returning home, I had a quick look at Little Porth where there were 4 Black Redstart, 4 Mediterranean Gull, and a stranded Grey Seal pup. Although the pup seemed content snoozing on the beach in the warm sun. I informed the Wildlife Trust and then let it be.

Siberian Chiffchaff at the Dump Clump

Up to 4 black Redstart were at Little Porth

Where there was also this Rock Pipit

On the water there were 4 Medittanean Gull

When I walked away from this sleeping Grey Seal pup, folks on the beach walked close by and didn’t even notice it. I informed the local Wildlife Trust about the pup.

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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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