Wednesday, 15 February 2012
WHAT A JAY DAY
I was hoping to use the headline Iceland Gull One Pound today but spent two hours unsuccessfully searching Westbere with Heathy this morning. We reckoned that there must have been upwards of 5000 Gulls today and despite trawling through them time after time the best we could come up with was approximately 3000 Herring Gulls, tons of Black Headed Gulls, fewer Common Gulls, one Yellow Legged Gull and one Lesser Black Backed Gull. However, we did have the impressive sight of nine Smew including four drakes, five drake Goldeneye and one Mandarin. Sadly Heathy counted the Gadwall and got to 116 before his PE teachers brain exploded. Also about 110 Tufted Duck a few Pochard and quite a few Mallard mooching about. Disappointed I made my way home but at least had this Jay in my back garden to point my camera at. I've also included a funny looking Tufted Duck and a photograph of a Green Woodpecker my wife took recently. Hopefully I won't get too many obvious comments that she is already a better photographer than I am.