With being away for the best part of 5 weeks the local patch has been sorely neglected and has turned up trumps again in my absence with the Iceland Gull and Slavonian Grebe attracting nationwide attention it seems,with the Iceland Gull,of theKumlien variety being a particularly popular target for the long lenses.
The Iceland gull breeds in Greenland and NE Canada but not Iceland evidently and the Kumlien from Canada is a vagrant to NW Europe with only 1 or 2 annually.
This week I have caught up with both birds thankfully.
The visit to the Admiralty Pier,my first for a while was a sad day,the place where I spent so many happy hours as a youngster fishing ,ship spotting,birding and yes watching the Golden Arrow leave for Victoria with all the splendid Pullman coaches is in a very poor state indeed and is in need of some serious TLC and sooner rather than later, come on DHB.
While out there a hovercraft arrived ,I think it was brand new and had COASTGUARD on the side and a French flag flying,so assume we have built something for our European neighbours?