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The Glaucous Gull is now watching the football with me!

25th January 2021

Crazy as it sounds, it really did look like the Glaucous Gull was peering into the room from the bird table, to see how the game between Man United and Liverpool was goin. I reckon he’s a Liverpool fan Does anyone know of Glaucous Gulls on bird tables or supporting Liverpool?

This moening first thing, the Glaucous Gull appeared on the bird table as usual and stuffed his face. I left him and in the garden ‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull, to it and at 09.00, I was setting off in the kayak towards the Eatern Isles. The conditions were spot on and it felt like an early warm spring day. I didn’t see anythin of note until I came across a 2nd winter Scandinavian Herring Gull sat on Crow Rock. At the west of the Eastern Isles there were Razorbill, Guillimot, Great Northern Diver and feeding south off Crow Sound, some 100 Kittiwake. A breif stop off at Little Arthur, flushed 3 Snipe and a scan to the north picked up the 3 Common Scoter and 3 Slavonian Grebe. However, when I went out searching on the water for the two latter species, I could only find the Slavs and they vanished after shortly picking them up as well. From the Eastern Isles to Samson, all I came across were 8 Great Northern Diver and off the South Beach of Tresco, the Eider off Skirt Iland.

Looking from the Eastern Isles towards Tresco and St Helens in the distance

This butch, 2nd winter Scandinavain Herring Gull, was sat on Crow Rock before flying off towards Tresco. This is my second record of this race in a week and there are less than 10 Scilly records!

I encounted both Guillemot and Razorbill in very small numbers

A few of the Kittiwakes flew in closer off the Eastern Isles

Fulmars were paring up off the Eastern Isles

Looking towards the Daymark on St Martins from the Eastern Isles

The Eider was still hanging out off Skirt Island

I only came across 9 Great Northern Diver today

On Samson it was unusally quiet with 100 Turnstone, 180 Black-headed Gull and at a minimum, 140+Rock Pipit of interest. Still no sign of the 4 Spoonbill or 4 Brent Geese and I guess they’ve moved on. As the Humpback Whale was still being sighted off the south of Samson, I thought I’ll give it a try and see if I could relocate it. After twenty minutes, I gave up as the swell was pretty high and I couldn’t repeat Christmas day when I kayaked with the whale. Although the conditions on that day, were a lot worse than today. I reckon I’ll have another chance in the next few weeks to experience that close encounter with the beast again. Returning home, the Fulmars and Grey Seals were checking me out and both species showed superbly and wouldn’t leave me alone until I was nearing Green Island. I returned home to relax and look forward to the big game and somethin to get down my neck. Just before dark, the Glaucous Gull took what he could off the bird table and just stood there. Chatting to Martin Goodey on FB while I stuffed my face, I told him that the Glauc is been standing on the table looking into the room for awhile now. I was ingrossed in the game and it appeared that the Glauc was as well in the way that he was looking in the direction of the laptop. I think he was really eyeing up my dinner.

Looking from the Eastern Isles and to the left, St Mary’s with my next desinatation, Samson way off in the distance.

Love Fulmars and there were 40 odd birds checking me out with Grey Seal

Altogether on both the west and east beaches of Samson there were some 140 Rock Pipit with another 30 I had on Little Arthur in just the bay where I parked in How many numbers winter on scilly?

Some 180 Black-headed Gull were off Samson

You know when the Glaucous Gull has arrived on the bird table as it suddenly goes all dark in the room

Just before dark, he flew off to roost but I know he will be back first thing tomorrow morning

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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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