Thursday, 21 November 2013
Gull again & sea duck
On Tuesday 19th November an extended luchbreak saw me at the Dock, where the 1st winter Glaucous Gull was seen again bathing, light was again poor. On Thursday 21st November, during late morning I again saw the Glaucous Gull in Hamilton Dock, it was initially there but judicious throwing of both bread and chicken attracted first Black- headed Gulls then Herring Gulls and finally the 1st winter Glaucous Gull came flying in. The light was still an issue as the sun was directly at us. The Glaucous Gull flew round but always appeared silhouetted when it came close. After a while it flew off. A mini- sea watch at a wind swept Ness Point, there was a strong north- west wind with the waves crashing over the rocks ar regular intervals, none of the hoped for Little Auks so far but it was a good sea watch with Danny P & Gus. The sea watch revealed, firstly a group of 22 Eider flying north in a group then a line with 7 adult males. A little later, a further group of 20 Eiders included 2 adult males and 1 sub- adult male. 2 Gannets also flew north. 2 Scoters also flew north, the first, a female Common Scoter and the second a fine white- wing panelled Velvet Scoter.