Gulls, snow and redwings????
Took Sparky for walk on fields over back. About 5 – 6 inches of crisp white snow and all was very quiet. At 3.30pm as I was making my way back I saw the gulls heading north above me, as they do every day around late afternoon (dusk). I stood and watched them rising up from the housing estate and counted around 500 gulls all in groups of 10 – 20’s. There’s the Asda supermarket on the estate and a large secondary school, which no doubt attracts the birds with easy pickings. I’m not very good at identifying which gull this would be. I will try to be more observant and let you know!! By the time I got home at 4, there were more flying over. This happens every night – one of the most successful birds – scavengers! Crow are as well aren’t they? And rooks! The Red Kites are as well and are pretty successful around here.
Anyway, when I got home into the back garden a flock of about 20 thrush like birds flew overhead, some of which landed in the sycamore tree behind my garden. I couldn’t get a really close look even through bins, but from size and jizz (behaviour/movement) I reckon they were Redwings. I was hoping they had spied my feeders and would descend into my garden, but alas they buggered off!!!