Sunday 1 March 2015

Back to the grind

I had this first-winter Glaucous Gull out at Ross beach during the week. It was loosely hanging around another dead Common Dolphin. This site has been very poor for the last two or three winters with very few gulls present eve though the fish farm is still in operation. It's been a rather poor winter for white-wingers though.

I had a quick look up at Belclare Turlough today to see if the American Wigeon is still about. There wasn't any sign of it although the numbers of dabbling duck has decreased significantly since I was last here and the few ducks that were present were distant. This made a change from a lot of the wildfowl from the recent US trip that were largely habituated to people in refuges and generally gave great views.

I also had a look at Nimmo's Pier for the first time in over a month. I had at least five Black-headed Gulls and a few Mute Swans, Nimmo's has nothing on California at the moment.... :-(

First-winter Glaucous Gull

First-winter Glaucous Gull

First-winter Glaucous Gull

Nimmo's Pier, not exactly buzzing at the moment!

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