iPhone photo of the 1st winter Glaucous Gull at Cley NWT yesterday
It was pretty cold and miserable at Cley NWT yesterday, with successive banks of low cloud rolling in from the west and the main water bodies remaining frozen until mid-afternoon at least. As a consequence bird-life was at a premium. Highlights of the day were; the 1st winter Glaucous Gull, which continues to feeding on the dead seal pup at the end of East Bank, up to ten wintering Stonechat across the reserve and a ‘fly-through’ Peregrine – which I missed. Back home, I was tipped-off about a Barn Owl in the park, seen by Peter, less than an hour previous. I put my outdoor kit back on and headed out. What I hadn’t realised was that, with the failing light and the worsening fog, visibility was down to just a few yards. Thus no owl and precious little else for that matter! A ‘flock’ of five Bullfinch along the western shelter-belt was the best I could do – whilst Barn Owl continues to evade me.