A lot of people watch for the first signs of spring.

The first daffodil in flower…
the first butterfly…
the first bumblebee…
the first leaves bursting on a particular tree…

I look out for the first lesser black-backed gulls arriving in Belfast city centre. I don’t know where they go all winter, the dump maybe, but they always arrive back in February to terrorise the city. I love them.

Happy printemps everyone!

Lesser black-backed gulls, Springmartin, 26 March 2011

“Blackbacks”, Larus fuscus, photographed here in March 2011. (I know, I know, they’re not the ones I saw today – but as I generally don’t bring my camera to school, these’ll have to make do.)

2013 BIRDS: 46

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