Limpy and I recently returned from a short break in mid-Wales - one of our ports of call, inevitably, was the red kite feeding station at Bwlch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth. It's fair to say that a LOT of kites were piling in for what was on offer:
What I initially took to be a herring gull turned out to be a yellow-legged!
The Five Red Kites of the Apocalypse ........ hmmmm. Not quite the same ring as the Four Horsemen.
I hope you all enjoy these.
Our herring gulls are red listed birds. Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.
2013 photos & vids here
eff37 on Flickr
In reply to WendyBartter:
WendyBartter said:is the YL gull a rarity?
It's not something I see very often and it was a bonus to see it in action! I don't know if they are a regular sighting in that part of the world.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
I did check my photo against the ones in Gulls of the World and it seemed to match - and, to be honest, I'm happy to go with what you think as you're rarely wrong. In fact you're one of the people whose IDing knowledge I respect most on here.
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
In reply to Clare:
Clare Bailey said:I think our native gulls could do with a positive campaign
I suspect that the public would weigh gulls on the one side and chips and ice cream on the other, and opt for chips and ice cream.
But I do agree with you.
Kind regards, Ann
In reply to Gardenbirder:
Gardenbirder said:Dave, Nice to see you posting
Thank you Anne; likewise.
All is well, thank you. For you too I hope.
Gardenbirder said:unaffected by the earlier flooding there
I spent one evening shovelling hail out of the cellar and the garden looks like pesto, but otherwise we got off lightly, thank you.
The next village down the valley had 120 cm of water running through the streets; 20 minutes west and they had 6 cm hail (not 6 cm of, but hail 6 cm across).
The young swifts are wittering from under the tiles: three nests this year, although they're still not convinced about the nesting boxes. So, all in all we really can't complain.
All the best -
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