Today, in the garden I had a strange day. It started normally, 2 Blue Tits fed on the Peanut Feeder and a Magpie, Wood Pigeon and Pied Wagtail ate the bread on the floor. However, I noticed a Blackbird under the trampoline. It sat for an hour (I didn't sit there the whole hour so might of flown away and come back but I doubt it). It had no food or anything of worth but then 2 Great Tits landed next to it and started to mob it. The Great Tits squawked continuesly untill the Blackbird flew off and then without eating any food or stopping off in the garden at all flew off themselves. I presume it wasn't territorial as I've seen (The same pair visit extremely regurlary nd I know as one as a Red Ring) the pair happily feed with a Dunnock before. Were they nervous with the presence of the Blackbird as they didn't want any food from it they just wanted to verbally attack it.
Very odd !
I also noticed an unusual number of Waterbirds (Like Gulls and Waders) fly over. Lots of Common and Black Heads flew over and this (What I think, Photo Below) is a Great Black-Backed Gull. Can someone please confirm. And I also saw a c200 strong flock of Lapwings fly over.
Also, One Redwing, 8 Chaffinch and lots of Wood Pigeons.
For your information, the Black-Backed Gull was very large, I would say slightly larger than Herring but DON'T BASE YOR ANSWER ON SIZE, because I hadn't seen a Gull for about 20hrs previously so had nothing to compare with. I was drawn towards GBB Gull due to the deepness and darkness of the strong black back. It is a very dark black colour.
Not really been out recently so my Year List (Although I'm not actaully Year-Listing, just carrying on from my 4.5 months of Listing from last year) is only at 21. 18 of which came today.
A Late Happy New Year and Happy Birding.
Why on earth is this an option as a sign?