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Monday, 25 December 2017

Poss American Herring Gull on Tresco

Interesting Herring gull that I had very briefly on Tresco Abbey Pool showing some characteristics suggestive of  near adult American Herring gull 

  Yesterday a few of us made our ways to Tresco on the 10.45 rib. Mark Prestwood spotted a white-winged gull on the way over but it was too late before anyone else could get onto it. On Tresco, my priority was to spend as much time at the Abbey Pool scanning through the gulls coming into wash and preen before moving on. It was slow going with not many gulls coming in but I soon picked out a 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull followed by a sub-adult and another 2nd winter. Out of all three birds, two were new YLG and one of the 2nd winters was an individual I had on the Abbey Pool six days ago. Bob 'Dazzler' Dawson managed to see the latter two YLG and also an adult HerringxLesser-black backed Gull. 
   Shortly after Bob had gone, a near adult Herring Gull got my attention. It was flying out SSW and I noticed it had an adult looking bill but appeared more like a near adult in plumage, showing a lot of immature markings on the wing with heavy mottling on the chest. As it turned it show the uppertail and I could clearly see a darkish band. Now I was thinking, American Herring Gull! I took as many shots as I could in the dismal light. The bird continued south towards Pentle Bay and as soon as it went out of sight, I immediately looked at the back of my camera. On the back on pics, as it was flying away, it had a few markings on the uppertail from the faint but distinctive band on the tail. I thought that all other features were looking good for a smiths, but I knew nothing about the primary pattern. I let all the others know on Tresco to keep there eyes out for a possible smiths but it was almost 16.00 and it was time to return home. The female Goldeneye and Pintail were also still present on the pool with 50+Teal.
  Back on St Mary's, the internet was down, as it has been for the last few days. It was not until I got to the club later that night and I just emailed the pics out to various folks before I even looked at any info on smiths as the net was very dodgy and it to also stopped working!

3rd winter Yellow-legged Herring Gull





Sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull


This is the same 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull I also had on the Abbey Pool a few days ago. In six days I have made two visits to the Abbey Pool and observed 1 2nd, 2 3rd winter, 1 sub-adult and a 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull. I also had a different adult at Porthcressa on the 17th.


Adult HerringxLesser-black backed Gull









Possible near adult American Herring Gull. Note the darkish band on the tail with dark markings on the uppertail. This is unusual for European Herring Gull and appears to be quite immature in plumage for it's age. Thanks to Mashuq Ahmad for help on this bird Any comments welcome.


This 1st winter Herring Gull got me breifly goin until it showed it's tail.

A mixture of gulls over the Abbey Pool







What a brute!! Had this cracking adult argentatus Herring Gull at the tip today. 

Still present on island today were the 2 Black-necked Grebe and Red-breasted Mergenser in the harbour, Water Pipit at Porth Helick and a female Bullfinch at Higher Moors with single Black Redstart at Porloo and Town Beach.

Happy Christmas to everyone from myself and Greggs!

However, what might not be apparent at first glance is just how appropriate this debate about Jesus-as-sausage-roll is in light of the Gospels – and the Gospel of John in particular. Although the Gospel of John doesn't describe the nativity scene that we find in Luke and Matthew, it is a Gospel intent on describing Jesus as a food.
There is no proof of this or anythin else you read in the bible, in my opinion that is, but apparently in one well-known scene, after he has fed the 5,000 on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus launches into a speech known as the "Bread of Life Discourse". John's Gospel uses several metaphors to describe Jesus here, including both bread and meat – and scholars have argued that Jesus means what he says.
First Jesus declares: "I am the living bread." Those listening to him are understandably confused, since they don't see a loaf of bread in front of them but "Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know." When Jesus hears them doubting his claims, he repeats his claim three times, finally stating explicitly that "the bread … is my flesh".
After this conversation, Jesus makes a second claim about his body, this time that it is flesh to be eaten. In the King James Version, Jesus emphatically declares: "My flesh is meat indeed." Even if we accept a metaphorical reading of Jesus's words, there is no question that John the Evangelist understood Jesus in edible terms.

Offence and the Gospels

If Jesus as bread and meat is biblical in its origins, it might be surprising to see that the outrage over these claims is not unique to the current uproar around the Greggs advert.
The Gospel of John first describes people's disbelief of what Jesus says – they doubt he is the bread he claims to be. But the real outrage comes when Jesus declares that he's made of meat, and that people should be eating him. Even his followers, his disciples, have trouble with this: "When many of his disciples heard it, they said, 'This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?'" Jesus, seeing that what he's said has offended them, doubles down on his claims – and some of his (nameless) disciples decide to leave him.
Not unlike the current furore over Jesus the Sausage Roll, the Gospel of John depicts uproar and offence at Jesus being compared to food. It seems that comparing Jesus to food has a long history of causing outrage, then, but that doesn't mean that it's wrong – the Bible itself recognises both the comparison and the ensuing offence.

War on Christmas

Paradoxically, then, Greggs has actually provided a scripture-inspired vision of the nativity that Christians often complain is increasingly absent in the run-up to Christmas.

While there is no real war on Christmas, those anxious about what they perceive as a lack of Jesus in the advent season should take another look at the Greggs ad, which places a biblical understanding of Jesus right in the centre.


If I don't believe in Christ and therefore Christmas, then why am I wishing everyone Happy Christmas? 




Klaus Waldeck, usually known by his stage name of Waldeck, is a Viennese former copyright lawyer and downtempo musician.  Klaus Waldeck's musical career began in Vienna, Austria when he started piano lessons at the age of six. When he was fifteen his music life was put on hold when he destroyed a Bechstein piano while rewiring it.
Waldeck later attended law school. He finished law school and became a copyright lawyer. Then he heard about a case that changed his focus from law back to music. "It was during the time when George Harrison got sued for ripping off an old Motown tune," Waldeck recounts, "I realised the way forward was to work a melody until it didn't belong to anyone anymore." He eventually stopped focusing on law and concentrated on music.
Soon after deciding to leave law he moved to England. While in London, he met his vocal counterparts, former Incognito singer Joy Malcolm and Brian Amos, who worked on projects such as Pressure Drop.
In 1996, Waldeck returned to Vienna, Austria, and produced the Northern Lights EP, quickly gaining international attention through its biggest hit, Aquarius. A successful full-length album, Balance of The Force, followed in 1998. Later that year, Balance of the Force - Remixed was released.
Waldeck has produced many albums while still in Austria. Many of them are out of print and have become very scarce. The out of print albums include The Night Garden RefloweredBalance of the ForceBalance of the force RemixedNorthern lights, and This Isn't Maybe.
In 2007, Waldeck released the successful Ballroom Stories on which he's featuring for the first time his new chief-chanteuse, the well known Austrian singer zeebee.
Together with singer Valérie Sajdik, Waldeck formed the group Saint Privat in 2002. Their first album Riviera was released in 2004.[2]
On July 15, 2016, Waldeck's seventh album, Gran Paradiso was released under the Dope Noir label. The album features collaboration with Viennese singer la Heidi.[3]
  

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