22nd January 2021
Has anyone ever had an Iceland or Glaucous Gull on their bird table? I reckon this is goin to become a regular thing if the Glaucous Gull sticks around
I guess it was only a matter of time that ‘Gloria’ was goin to try out the bird table after spending over two weeks staring at it from the pig’s water trough only a few meters away, where he favors to hang out when visiting. Maybe it was too much for him while he was observing both the Pheasant and ‘Stumpy’ the Herring Gull stuffing themselves on top of the table. just like ‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull, when he first landed on the bird table a few weeks back, I wasn’t quick enough with the camera as I was in the kitchen baking strawberry cheesecake muffins. However, this morning at 07.30, I could hear the sound of heavy wing beats outside and I thought that it was probably the Pheasant flying onto the bird table. I opened the curtains shortly afterward to see ‘Gloria’ fly off! He returned within minutes and through the window, I got not even a record shot of him, with the mobile. Over an hour later he was back on the table and this time I got him with the camera and with the window open while I was hiding behind the sofa.
Unfortunly the light was shite and ‘Gloria’ the Gloucous Gull was only on the bird table for a few seconds. ‘Gloria’ always reminds me of Van he Man’s song of the same name Although I’ve always favored Hendrix’s cover.
I had to get to work and it wasn’t until the afternoon while back home, that I was chatting to a Guardian reporter, Steve, when from nowhere ‘Gloria’ came almost through the window! He just sat there on top of the table. The light was good and I was thinking that this could be the last time he’s up there. ‘Erm, just a sec Steve. Erm, I’ve got a Glaucous Gull on my bird table only an arms length away and I need to back off to get a pic. Just hold on’ The reporter must I thought he was talking to a looney as I never heard him say anythin. Like in slow motion, I backed off, grabbing my camera at the same time, and started firing off shots. My mobile was on loudspeaker and I was whispering but kinda shouting to the reporter so not to scare off the gull ‘Just a sec. Just hold on a sec’ I hope he could make out what I was saying and not hearing somethin else. Gloria was giving me those aggressive-looking eyes and then stuffed itself, still watching me closely when lifting back up again to get the grub down it’s neck. It didn’t take me long to realise that Gloria wasn’t bothered about me. Although I was only meters away from it in my room. I fired off some more shots and then got back to Steve. ‘Sorry about that but I’ve got a male Glaucous Gull called Gloria just outside my window on the bird table’ Again, no response Then after an hour he came back ‘OK Shall we carry on. You were saying that….’ I don’t think he was impressed and as it turned out, Gloria stayed put on the table for a good five minutes while Steve and I continued to chat like Gloria wasn’t there. He returned again later on for one last bite before flying off to roost. If he sticks around for a while, if I’m not hiding behind the sofa, chatting to the reporter or morris dancing, I reckon this is goin to be a regular thing of him on top of the table if there is somethin on there for him to stuff his face with. Also during the day, ‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull was in and out and I caught up with it during the afternoon at Morning Point. Yesterday for the first time, the pale-headed Iceland Gull, that’s been on St Mary’s for over two months, paid a visit with both Billy and Gloria also in the garden! And no, I’m not giving the other Iceland Gull a name as well. If you add the pig’s names that I also shout out to from the window when feeding them, then you got me calling out now, ‘Gloria, Lola and Layla. Come and get it’ And the odd one out ‘Billy’
When the Glaucous Gull wasn’t on the bird table, it was Starling, sparrows, robins, thrushes, Dunnocks, or this Pheasant.
After two weeks of staring at me making every move when at the window and also at the bird table, from the pigs trough, yesterday he made the decision to find out what was it that the Pheasant was feeding on the table. Today he couldn’t keep off the bloody thing.
The Glaucous Gull, now named by others ‘Gloria’ Don’t ask me why? Although by his large size, it is a male. Anyways, Gloria spent most of the day just in front of the window and on and off on top of the bird table after first being very briefly on it, yesterday!!
‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull back at home and later on at Morning Point
There were only 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Morning Point
Being present on St Mary’s for nearly two months, the pale-headed Iceland Gull finally paid a visit while at the same time the Glaucous and the other Iceland Gull were in the garden
Also had 2 Linnet and this Raven briefly touch down before being pushed on by the local crows