Good morning everyone! I seem to be getting later all the time. It’s due to technical difficulties. A term I use which means my health problems are worse than normal. Which is also why I’m a bit slow in answering comments these days. Sigh. Hopefully this will return to a more normal state soon. It was a quiet morning with the birds, Lady Pearl and mate were here, though he didn’t come down today. I’m not sure if I should keep calling him Sir George, or give him a new name. Speaking of gulls. On Wednesday evening I heard such a huge noise from the gulls that I had to go take a look. This was around 6:30pm. The sky was filled with gulls, I’m sure there were thousands of them flying around out there. I have seen this only one other time, several years ago.
There was a lot of immature gulls, babies from this year, plus the adults. Probably the first time the babies were out flying around far from the nesting sites. There was a mix of the herring and ring-billed gulls. The herring gulls were flying higher, but at times they were closer together so the size difference was noticeable. There is an estimated 10 to 15 thousand ring-billed gulls on the lake and around 5 to 10 thousand herring gulls. Also on Wednesday evening, after the gulls had gone, small flocks of nighthawks came along on their way south. There wasn’t many of them so the main migration must have been the night before. So that puts their migration just a little later than usual. And 9 times out of 10 that means a nice long fall and late winter. I hope they are right this year. Oddly enough there was no crazy chasing this morning. The chipmunks must have been watching Jasper closely and only showed up when Jasper wasn’t here. So it was a calm morning, sunny, warm, a good morning to be on the deck with my coffee.
Now the sun has disappeared behind the clouds, apparently we might get thunderstorms this morning. I decided to share some more pictures from along the river this morning. There are so many beautiful spots down there. I hope you will enjoy them. And I hope you will all have a beautiful weekend and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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