Sunday, February 11, 2007


Took a trip up to Cley this morning, specifically to see a Glaucous Gull that has been present for the past couple of days as I haven't seen one for a few years. We dually arrived at the Beach Carpark and began to walk eastwards. This bird has been attracted to a dead seal that it has been feeding on regularly. We located the seal and waited at a reasonable distance for the bird to return, (it had been pushed further down the beach). We waited a frustratingly long time due to many so called 'birders' that were turning up and virtually standing over the birds food source, then 'scoping it further down the beach, instead of using a little bit of field craft (savvy) and standing away from the dead seal, allowing the bird to come in. Eventually enough people buggered off, in conjunction with a local birder telling them to *$"* off away from the seal and, hey presto! in came a fine 1st winter Glaucous Gull- just as it started raining-typical!

Glaucous Gull...veiws obtained crowding birds food source...

...Glaucous Gull...veiws obtained standing back from food source...not rocket science.

Back home and a walk up a once again mud filled track produced nothing of note. In and around the garden this afternoon 30 Fieldfare flew west and 6 Mallard (four drakes, including a white one!) were on the pond and the Wet Meadow.

Mallard drake

Mallard duck

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