Friday, 7 February 2014

Gullmageddon in Seaton

Wednesday's storm must have stirred some food up for the gulls - with huge numbers around this afternoon.

Between 15:30 and 16:30 there were over a thousand large gulls, with about 700 feeding in two large groups off the beach (one off the harbour mouth, and the other to the east off Culverhole) and 300+ resting on the lower part of the Estuary.  Sadly though, I couldn't find anything of note amongst them - I'm certainly pretty confident there weren't any white-wingers in with them. Actually there were unusually few Black-backs, with only three Lesser and probably no more than 40 Greats, which makes 957+ Herring Gulls

There were very few small gulls too, with just a few Black-headed Gulls, Common Gulls and Kittiwakes offshore. It was a nice surprise to see yet another adult Little Gull though, which came flying through close west very determinedly at 4pm. Cracking bird.

And now for a quiz, spot the Little Gull...

I'll be quite impressed if someone does find it! It is there I promise, and more importantly, perfectly identifiable.

3 comments:

  1. In-between the wings of the GBBG which is directly below the blue buoy in the middle of the photo?

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  2. Almost... well you are exactly right, but the blue bouy is actually a blue boy! Some very brave lads body boarding - mind you not all that brave as they weren't surfing! Well done mate. Top birds are Little Gulls.

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  3. Yay! Is there a prize!?
    I did think the buoy looked a bit of an odd shape!

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