Tuesday, 17 January 2012

14th January - 'white-winged' gull fest

On Saturday 14th January, enjoyed visiting some of the region's finest gull watching sites - Fraserburgh and Peterhead - with Chris. Lots of activity around the fish processing plants attracted lots of gulls, resulting in a day total of 15 different 'white-wingers'. These are some of the birds seen during the day. Remarkably, the huge influx of Iceland Gulls into the Northern Isles (over 150 birds on Shetland over the weekend) consists mainly of second-winter birds (and older) with very few first-winters recorded. This is being mirrored in North East Scotland.

Second-winter Iceland Gull, Fraserburgh (adult Herring Gull behind)

Two x Second-winter Iceland Gulls at Fraserburgh

Second-winter Iceland Gull, Peterhead - a very confiding bird

This beautiful adult Iceland Gull was at Peterhead, giving wondeful views and photo opportunities. Below two images of same bird.

Below. First-winter Glaucous Gull at Peterhead. Just before raiding a fish-bin Two further Glaucs were seen at Peterhead, both second-winter. Fraserburgh held four.

Below. Mr Gibbins and Mr Crockett caught in action 'gulling'