Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Common Gull, Larus canus
The SUN shone today wow!!!, while other part of the country still suffered more rain and more flooding, at least we had a respite from the onslaught. So I decided to have a walk round the patch to see what was about. firstly I walked round the Thacka beck reserve, and as expected the water levels where very high, there was the usual dozen or so Mallard, and also a good mix of gulls. These included Common gull, Black-headed gull, and Herring Gull.


Common Gull

Common Gull


A small group of Black-headed Gulls flying over the the reserve.
Some time was spent covering the sedge looking for snipe, but the water level was too high for them, the only thing I picked up was this lone----

Teal, found where I would hope to find snipe.
I continue my wonder heading in the direction of the big hedge, some kind person had put seed on the path, which was attracting quite a few Chaffinch.

Male Chaffinch
Another Male.
Next I walked the top track, nothing found till I reached the Flash, which at the moment is looking more like a small lake, here I found another gathering of gulls, again in a mixed flock.

This is just a small section of the flash, quite amazing considering it was drained a couple of years ago
Linking to Stewarts Wild bird Wednesday---http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.co.uk/

12 comments:

  1. I take credit for the seed haha, nice views of Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting there earlier today :)

    James.

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  2. The flying gulls shots are so pretty. Enjoyed seeing birds from your part of the world. Yay for sun. We finally got sun this week, but BRRRR it is cold!

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  3. how pleasing it would've been to be able to get out - I love the term 'patch' I think is kind of unique to your side of the world. Really liking the chaffinch

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  4. Down here in Australia it's more noteworthy if the sun DOESN'T shine at this time of year!! And while they're a different species (I think), it looks like gull behaviour is the same the world over!!!

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  5. It's full marks for trying at the moment Gordon as this weather is not helping to find many birds anywhere. Roll on the summer and sunshine we hope.

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  6. The Flash is definitely growing into a Lake now, not surprising considering what I've been reading about your weather. I never thought about scattering seed like that during the winter; it does seem like a kind thing for someone to do and I hope the person who did it saw a lot of birds. The ones you saw are lovely and I'd be happy with that birding day (sometimes being an amateur has its rewards --- I'm easier to please!).

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  7. Hi Gordon. Great shots of the Gulls but I really love that Vhaffinch photo the best. I usually take seed with me although sometimes I forget to put it in my pocket and it is left in the car. Always carry seed in the car.

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  8. I love the gulls. I don't think I've seen the sun for weeks. :)

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  9. Thank you everyone for your kind and interesting comments, they truely are appreciated.
    All the best Gordon.

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  10. Love the shot of the gulls in flight!

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  11. Thank you again, everyone.
    All the best Gordon.

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