A brief sea-watch in extremely blustery conditions from the Bracelet Bay car park yesterday afternoon revealed little passage so it was left to the ever reliable Mediterranean Gulls to keep us occupied. Initially numbers were only just creeping into double figures until the arrival of a blue car caused another flock of at least thirty to fly up from the rocks below. This strange move baffled us at first until the owner of said car exited their vehicle and dumped a bag load of bread crumbs onto the floor. Suddenly everything became clear and unless these birds have developed x-ray vision due to a bizarre evolutionary leap, I can only presume that this is a regular occurrence. Has anyone else experience of wild birds recognising something as specific as a particular car before?
While the gulls were busy squabbling amongst themselves I had the perfect opportunity to pull my own car alongside to take a few photographs. It certainly beat attempting to stand upright in the gales.
Although a couple of the Mediterranean Gulls were ringed I didn’t manage to read them clearly enough to submit my sightings and the ringed individual I did photograph seems to be missing the large plastic ring that normally holds its unique number.
In other news I wish all of my readers a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. Many thanks for all of your support over the past twelve months whether that be simply through reading my ramblings, leaving a comment or engaging with me on twitter. Here’s to a stellar 2014 and whatever adventures you’ll be having in the great outdoors.