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Monday, April 02, 2007

2nd April

A very clear night sky showing a full moon.
Great Crested Grebe the male relieves his mate on the nest.
He turns the eggs.
Then he settles down on the nest.
Gull ID challenge, this bird flew off a post and out of the park, showed very pale head and breast feathers. What is it?



Skylark: 1 circled the open spaces at 8.15am before heading SW.
Meadow Pipit: 6 birds flew N in ones and two's.
Jackdaw: 1 flew SW at 8.05am.
Collared Dove: 1 flew over the Heronry heading NE at 8.50am.
Chiffchaff: 2 birds still present in area 1 and 29.
Blackcap: 2 males singing from area 12 and 13.
Kestrel: The pair in area 25 were mating on the Weeping Willow tree.

4 comments:

Debbie Pledge said...

Not strong on gulls. Herring? Yellow-legged?

rosie said...

Hi Tony
Yet another interesting photo lovely feather detail.
Could this gull be looking for the sea or taking refuge from the blustery conditions? Is it a Great Black-backed Gull? And more to the point is there a prize?
The Photo of the full moon wasn't bad either! Between 1 and 2am it was so orange that it almost looked edible - mind you tiredness or is it poor eyesight can play funny tricks on you at that time of night!

Tony Duckett said...

I am not certain as I was trying to take a photo of a Dabchick when I saw this flying away.
I thought it was a Yellow-legged due to its colouration and tail pattern. Though the viewing time was all to brief.

Piers Aitman said...

There's been some young Caspian gulls down in Barnes WWT, whatever they are - it couldn't be one of them? Not that I'd be able to identify them.

An article which people may or may not find interesting on seagulls is at www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1691675
It shows the genetic ancestry of all the herring gull species, and shows YLG and Caspian Gull are not closely related at all, despite looking very similar.