With the first snow, winter has now officially started. A perfect day to go to the coast I thought, but after about 2 hours (in which I managed to read 10 c-ringed Herring gulls, 8 Belgian and 2 Dutch birds) it was really getting too cold to stay there, so I decided to go and watch a flock of northern Long-tailed tits (Aegithalos caudatus caudatus) that has been hanging around for some weeks in Nieuwpoort (a major invasion of this attractive subspecies is taking place this autumn). Also there where 2 more ringed Herring gulls. Later on, a search for the wintering White-tailed eagle only resulted in two flocks of Grey partridge close to the car.
2nd cy Herring gull blue MBA.R (E Stienen), Nieuwpoort.
2nd cy Herring gull metal ring Brussel H16446x. Note the difference in bill and iris colour on both birds.
Northern Long-tailed tit, Nieuwpoort.
Grey partridge, near Oostende.
From the land of ice and Blackcaps
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