Why we were walking in the meadows shortly before dusk this evening kitted up with binoculars and camera when we saw the owl was because we wanted to catch the phenomenon of hundreds and hundreds of noisy seagulls flying over the meadows in great waves out to sea every evening.
It usually starts half an hour or so before darkness and goes on for 15 minutes. We presume that what we are seeing are seagulls that have been working the fields by day, following the plough or paddling for worms, returning to roost at the coast. Or maybe they actually overnight on the water?
And there is probably a return inland at dawn but we have not noticed this, or maybe it is not done en masse. We will continue to watch what they are doing to see if any more information is forthcoming…….