A plummet of gannets

That’s what I saw yesterday on a walk which turned out not to be wet after all.  Not sure what the actual collective is for gannets but I like ‘plummet’.  There were perhaps several dozen on a feeding frenzy diving in batches at half second intervals.  I’m surprised they didn’t brain each other on entry.  The walk also featured a charm of goldfinches (I do know that one) sundry warblers and a beautiful stonechat with a brightly burnished chest.  The shore road along the West Kyle has woodland and farmland on the landward side so I can enjoy seabirds and woodland birds at the same time. 

Today to everyone’s surprise, the sun shone and we found ourselves back in summer again!  This tempted Phoebe the cat out to the doorstep. 

 PhoebePhoebe again

2 Responses to “A plummet of gannets”

  1. 1 chris June 17, 2007 at 10:24 pm


    (that’s for Phoebe!)

  2. 2 Ursula June 18, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Phoebe’s lovely!

    Charm is the perfect collective noun for goldfinches, although Wikipedia tells me that they can also be a troubling, which seems equally appropriate. I had never come across them until a couple came to my bird feeder the other day. I haven’t been so taken aback by birds since the first time I saw a band/scold/party of jays. I think I still assume that drabness is part of the entrance exam for British birds. I must stop talking about them though: I keep getting messages from Antonia telling me that she will unfriend me on Facebook unless the twitching-talk ceases forthwith. It is, apparently, “not cool”.

    By the way, I’m not a rabid stalker – Mum sent me the link to your blog. I hope all is well and that you and Phoebe are at the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


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