Regular followers of my blog will have noticed that I haven’t posted any reports about old Herring Gull Green FAMA for quite some time.
In fact, my last post was on 19 September 2015 when I had observed her at her usual spot in the city center of Leiden.
Since then I have seen her only once: on October 2nd at Katwijk aan Zee, the other location where she was regularly observed.
Here are some photos that I was able to take (at a great distance):
She was observed by other bird watchers a few more times at Katwijk during the month of October and then disappeared out of view, which is a pattern that we have gotten used to over the last couple of years.
She then reappeared at the end of January (also very much on schedule) in Leiden and on February 5 in Katwijk again.
And since then, nothing.
She was supposed to show up again on the market on Saturdays at the end of February or the beginning of March at the latest but we have had no sign of her.
I have visited the market infrequently over the last couple of months to check up on her but she has completely disappeared.
This of course is not a good sign at all and it all points to the fact that she is no longer around. If so, that would be a shame because she would have turned 30 by now.
I will keep checking for the next couple of months just to be completely sure, but I have already resigned myself to the fact that we will no longer be able to enjoy the sights of Green FAMA…