Later we will be tracking the All-Ireland Club Camogie Final, Sarsfields (Galway ) V Slaughtneil (Derry ) from Croke Park. 3.15pm NFL Galway V Meath – GAME ONNHL Galway V Laois – GAME ONNFL Galway playing against the wind in first halfNHL: Galway open the scoring Galway 0-1 Laois 0-0NHL: Galway 0-2 Laois 0-0NFL: Barry McHugh points a 45. Galway 0-1 Meath 0-0NHL: Galway 0-3 Laois 0-0….Galway off to a good startNFL: Barry McHugh lands another from play. Galway 0-2 Meath 0-0NHL: Update. Galway now lead by 0-9 to 0-0 against Laois after just 6 minutesNHL Latest: Galway 0-9 Laois 0-2NHL : Galway 0-10 Laois 0-2NFL: Meath get a point. Galway 0-2 Meath 0-1NHL: 13′ Galway 0-11 Laois 0-2NHL: Galway 0-12 Laois 0-2 – Galway playing with the windNHL: Aidan Harte points. Galway 0-13 Laois 0-2 18 minutes goneNFL Galway 0-3 Meath 0-2 – Paul Conroy with the Galway pointNFL Meath level it. Galway 0-3 Meath 0-3NHL Galway 0-13 Laois 0-3NFL: Meath go in front. Meath 0-4 Galway 0-3NHL: Galway 0-15 Laois 0-3NHL: Galway 0-16 Laois – 24 minutes gone“Just a little bit more than a training session for Galway” – Conor HayesNFL Meath add another point. Meath 0-5 Galway 0-3. Danny Cummins comes on for Michael LundyNFL: Galway have failed to score for thirteen minutesNFL: Meath adds another. Meath 0-6 Galway 0-3NFL: Meath 0-7 Galway 0-3NFL: Meath have made it 0-8 to 0-3NHL: Galway 0-18 Laois 0-3NFL: Three additional minutes in the first halfNHL: Galway are cruising approaching half time. Galway 0-20 Laois 0-4NFL: Michael Daly hits a very important point. Meath 0-8 Galway 0-4HALF TIME Meath 0-8 Galway 0-4HALF TIME: Galway 0-20 Laois 0-5NHL Wexford 0-07 Kerry 0-07 at half timeNFL Galway 0-4 Meath 0-8 – SECOND HALF ONNHL Galway 0-20 Laois 0-5 – SECOND HALF ONNFL: Michael Daly narrows the gap, Meath 0-8 Galway 0-5NHL: Galway 0-21 Laois 0-6NFL: Meath 0-9 Galway 0-5NHL: Galway 0-21 Laois 0-7NFL: Paul Conroy with a huge point for Galway. Meath 0-9 Galway 0-6NHL: GOAL for Galway Cathal Mannion. Galway 1-23 Laois 0-7NFL: Barry McHugh points a free. Meath 0-9 Galway 0-7NFL: Another successful free for Barry McHugh. Meath 0-9 Galway 0-8NFL: Meath answer with a free. Meath 0-10 Galway 0-8NFL: Liam Silke points. Meath 0-10 Galway 0-9NHL: Galway 1-24 Laois 0-7NHL: Galway 1-27 Laois 0-7NHL: Galway 1-28 Laois 0-7NFL: Gary O’Donnell levels it. Wonderful point. Galway 0-10 Meath 0-10NHL Laois get a goal. Galway 1-28 Laois 1-8NFL: Barry McHugh puts Galway in front. Galway 0-11 Meath 0-10CAMOGIE All-Ireland Club Camogie FINAL: Slaughtneil 0-1 Sarsfields 0-0Camogie Slaughtneil 0-2 Sarsfields 0-0NFL: Paul Conroy & Shane Walsh push Galway further ahead. Galway 0-13 Meath 0-10NHL: Galway 2-29 (Joe Canning penalty) Laois 1-10NFL: Meath answer with a point. Galway 0-13 Meath 0-11Camogie: Niamh McGrath with a 45…..first point for Sarsfields. Slaughtneil 0-2 Sarsfields 0-1NFL: Galway 0-14 (Tom Flynn) Meath 0-12NFL: Point for Meath. Galway 0-14 Meath 0-13. – 5 minutes to goNFL: GOAL for Meath – Meath 1-13 Galway 0-14NHL: Galway 3-30 Laois 1-10 – Conor Whelan with the Galway goalCamogie: Sarsfields 0-3 Slaughtneil 0-2NFL: Johnny Heaney points for Galway. Meath 1-13 Galway 0-15NHL: Galway 3-31 Laois 1-11Camogie: Sarsfields 0-4 Slaughtneil 0-3NFL: GAME OVER Meath 1-13 Galway 0-15 – FULL TIMENHL: GAME OVER Galway 3-31 Laois 1-11 – FULL TIMECamogie: Sarsfields 0-4 Slaughtneil 0-4Camogie: Slaughtneil 0-5 Sarsfields 0-4Camogie: Slaughtneil 0-5 Sarsfields 0-5 Sarah SpellmanCamogie: Orlaith McGrath edges Sarsfields in front. Sarsfields 0-6 Slaughtneil 0-5Camogie: Erica Leslie gets a yellow card. Slaughtneil get the free and the point. Sarsfields 0-6 Slaughtneil 0-6Camogie: Slaughtneil 0-7 Sarsfields 0-6 – in added time at the end of the first halfCamogie: HALF TIME – Slaughtneil 0-7 Sarsfields 0-6Camogie: Second Half.Camogie: Goal for Slaughtneil. Mary Kelly. Slaughtneil 1-7 Sarsfields 0-6Camogie: Siobhan McGrath with a point. Slaughtneil 1-7 Sarsfields 0-7Camogie: Orlaith McGrath with another. Slaughtneil 1-7 Sarsfields 0-8Camogie: Slaughtneil 1-8 Sarsfields 0-9Camogie: Niamh McGrath points a free. Slaughtneil 1-8 Sarsfields 0-10Camogie. The sides are level. Siobhan McGrath Sarsfields 0-11 Slaughtneil 1-8Camogie: 2 minutes to go. Slaughtneil take the lead with a free. Slaughtneil 1-9 Sarsfields 0-11Camogie: Slaughtneil edge further in front. Slaughtneil 1-10 Sarsfields 0-11Camogie: There will be 2 minutes of added timeCamogie: FULL TIME: Slaughtneil 1-10 Sarsfields 0-11Unfortunately not Sarsfields’ dayThanks for your company – Gerry Murphyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Welcome to our Sunday afternoon sports Match Tracker. National football league Galway V Meath in Navan 2pm & National hurling league Galway V Laois, Pearse Stadium 2pm.
Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi competes in a swim-off of the men’s 200m butterfly event during the swimming competition at the 2019 World Championships at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea, on July 24, 2019. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)Hungarian swimmer Tamas Kenderesi, who has been competing at the world championships in South Korea, has been banned from leaving the country after being arrested for alleged sexual harassment, police said Sunday.Local police are investigating allegations against the Olympic bronze medallist, who was detained and questioned over an incident at a nightclub in Gwangju, some 330 kilometres (200 miles) south of Seoul, a police official told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT Kenderesi, who took bronze in the men’s 200 metres butterfly at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is the European silver medallist, has denied the allegation, according to local media.The 22-year-old finished last in the world championship final of the 200m fly earlier this week.FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu told AFP: “For now he is free but he cannot travel out of Korea. We will see what the next step is.”Kenderesi’s arrest comes a day after an indoor balcony at a Gwangju nightclub collapsed, killing two local people and injuring several athletes competing at the world championships.ADVERTISEMENT Wimbledon teen star Coco Gauff wins in Washington qualifying Hungarian team officials and swimming’s governing body FINA confirmed that Kenderesi had been released from custody and returned to the athletes village, but he would not be allowed to leave the country for the next 10 days.“The Hungarian swim federation, in cooperation with staff at the Hungarian embassy in Korea, is doing its best to clarify the allegations against Tamas Kenderesi,” Hungary’s swimming federation said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“During the investigation, the athlete is entitled to a presumption of innocence, but if formally found guilty the federation will seek further action.“The Hungarian swimming federation condemns any act that violates human dignity, and requires that members of the national swim team behave in a manner that is respectful of national colours and sports traditions.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Benefits of township living MOST READ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
GLENDALE – Cancer is a crushing disease. But working for a cure can be a party – especially when it involves a 24-hour relay accompanied by music and laughter. More than 1,000 participants in the Glendale Relay for Life started the round-the-clock fundraising event on Saturday by walking around a sports track, playing soccer and singing karaoke. The event had already raised $150,000 for the American Cancer Society by the time a few dozen cancer survivors rounded out the first lap at the Glendale Sports Complex. Organizers expected more money to roll in, even though the event has surpassed last year’s fund total. Glendale police Lt. Tony Futia, who is battling cancer, took a break from his work shift to watch the event, arriving in his uniform. Jenny Lau was one of several cancer survivors at the police tent. A community service officer with the Police Department, Lau overcame brain cancer a decade ago. She had to undergo radiation therapy and lost her hair. On Saturday, she joked with a fellow cancer survivor about how she liked having no hair – no muss, no fuss, she said. “I say my hair is only 10 years old,” Lau joked, stroking her black, silky mane. Futia was diagnosed with cancer in July, when he had to undergo a physical to be promoted to lieutenant and an X-ray revealed Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since then, Futia has undergone chemotherapy and his hair has fallen out. But with the exception of the days he undergoes chemo, Futia has worked all his shifts. His teammates in the Glendale Relay for Life evidently appreciate his fortitude. They put up a poster-board drawing of Futia flexing his biceps, with a couple of pictures of the lieutenant tacked onto the board. For high school students Rachel Ramos, 17, and Sofi Sefilian, 16, the relay event was a chance to have fun. They skipped around the track, visited the team tents and stopped for snow cones. “Just being here and knowing that everything you’re doing is going to a good cause, it’s really rewarding,” Ramos said. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think it’s really positive, and it’s nice to see all these people out here supporting those of us who have cancer,” Futia said. To join in the relay, now in its fourth year, participants had to come as different teams and always have at least one team member going around the track – straight through the middle of the night. To make the event less like an endurance race and more like a party, organizers had musicians play on the main stage. They planned to inspire insomniac walkers with a midnight showing of “The Wizard of Oz” on a big outdoor screen. Nearly 40 teams participated, and each team had a message to tell about preventing cancer. The Hoover High School team was promoting fruit consumption, with plastic grapes, bananas and at least one pomegranate laid out on tables by the track. The Glendale Police Department tent had an anti-smoking message, with a dopey-looking cigarette suit that participants could squeeze into.
1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain are preparing a £40m January move to sign Adam Lallana. The wealthy French club will offer Liverpool’s England star a staggering £200,000-a-week contract — almost TRIPLE his current deal. (The Sun on Sunday)Man United are targeting a move for West Ham star Dimitri Payet. Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the France winger and has made a wide player a priority as he attempts to mould his side into Premier League title contenders. (Sunday Mirror)David Alaba would prefer to join Arsenal over Manchester United if he leaves Bayern Munich for a Premier League club. (Manchester Evening News)Gareth Southgate will be appointed England manager this week with an announcement likely to be delayed to coincide with the FA board meeting taking place on Wednesday. (Mail on Sunday)Man City have stepped up their interest in signing Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins after sending a spy to watch him in action against Real Madrid last week. (Sunday Express)Liverpool are facing a fight to keep Jurgen Klopp out Bayern Munich’s reach. The Reds’ chief has emerged as the number one target to replace Carlo Ancelotti as the Bavarian giants’ season spirals out of control. (Sunday Mirror)Thibaut Courtois will consider running down his Chelsea contract amid interest from Real Madrid. The Blues want the Belgium goalkeeper to commit himself to a fresh deal at Stamford Bridge, with two full seasons on his current terms. (The Sun on Sunday)Antonio Conte has been alerted to the news that James Rodriquez – the sixth most expensive player of all-time – is now ready to quit the Spanish giants to play more regularly. The Columbian international, who has struggled to hold down a regular place in Madrid’s starting line-up, is a long time target for Manchester United. (Sunday Express)Pep Guardiola is eyeing Virgil van Dijk as a replacement for crocked Man City defender Vincent Kompany. (Daily Star on Sunday)In-demand striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he could snub Manchester City and extend his Borussia Dortmund deal instead – because he loves the German club’s fans. (The Sun on Sunday)Roy Hodgson could make his managerial return at Norwich. The Canaries’ defeat at Derby has ramped up the pressure on manager Alex Neil and the former England boss will be considered if they decide to axe the Scot. (Daily Star on Sunday)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Blues stars rated and slated‘I hope he can train tomorrow’ – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp optimistic over Philippe Coutinho injury scareChelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to keep Blues humble after seventh straight win‘We deserved more’ – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino bemoans lack of clinical finishing after defeat to ChelseaLeicester City FC news: Claudio Ranieri believes Foxes are in ‘the battle of relegation’Premier League round-up: Liverpool reclaim top spot, Swansea pile pressure on Pardew and Leicester rescue point at homeAre these the most overhyped teams in football history? 10 sides either praised too much or too soon Transfer rumours and paper review
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips These products can be dizzyingly complicated, involving not only decisions of what investments to pick and when to start taking an income stream but also often complex tax and estate planning considerations and analysis of benefits vs. costs. Don’t buy one unless you understand it thoroughly and/or get unbiased advice from a qualified professional, preferably one who doesn’t stand to gain or lose anything whether you buy or not. But I want to at least explain the basic differences between the GMWB-for-life benefit and the GMIB, an area of much confusion and misunderstanding. With a GMWB-for-life benefit, the insurance company issuing the annuity guarantees you can withdraw for life at least a percentage of the amount you invest, often 5 percent. For example, if you invest $100,000, you can withdraw $5,000 a year for life, no matter how your investments perform. (You can always withdraw more than 5 percent but then the lifetime withdrawal guarantee would be reduced or lost.) In this example, as long as you don’t withdraw more than $5,000 a year, you will continue to receive the lifetime payments even if your actual account value goes down to zero. In that event, the insurance company will continue to pay you out of its own money. When this benefit was initially offered, the guarantee for lifetime withdrawals covered only the one person investing in the annuity. Many insurance companies have since added the option, for a slightly higher ongoing fee, of extending the lifetime withdrawal guarantee to the investor’s surviving spouse. “We realize peace of mind for many couples comes from knowing a spouse will be taken care of financially” after the first one dies, said Mark Phelan, a senior vice president of Nationwide Financial, one of the companies offering the spousal guarantee. With a GMIB benefit, rather than withdraw money from your account, you must “annuitize” it, that is, give up access to your principal in exchange for lifetime payments to you or you and a beneficiary. The insurance company guarantees a minimum lifetime income regardless of investment performance or actual account value. In general, the older you are when you start receiving the income, the higher it is. (Typically, to be covered by the guarantee, you must wait at least 10 years after you invest to annuitize.) Again, such a guarantee can encourage conservative investors to venture into stock funds and reap potentially higher and inflation-beating returns. While many companies marketing GMWB-for-life products trumpet the benefits of not having to annuitize compared to the GMIB, both benefits are more similar than it may appear at first glance. In either case, the benefit is a safety net you won’t need unless bad investment results deplete your account. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In their quest for lifetime income that can outpace inflation, baby boomers and seniors are being pitched two alphabet-soup variable-annuity guarantees: GMWBs for life and GMIBs. I mentioned these benefits briefly in a column in July about retirement income options and have received dozens of e-mails from readers wanting to know more. In the industry jargon, these initials stand for “guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefit” and “guaranteed minimum income benefit.” They are part of an ever-evolving breed of “living benefits” tacked onto variable annuities, which are tax-deferred, mutual-fund like investments within an insurance wrapper. The benefits, for which you pay an additional ongoing fee, guarantee that you, or you and a beneficiary, usually your spouse, will receive a minimum lifetime income regardless of how your annuity investments perform.
WEDNESDAY Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., California Lutheran University Student Union, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Free. Call (805) 493-3323. International Student Film Festival Hollywood through Sunday, 7:15 p.m., Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Cost: $10. Call (818) 203-4170. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail email@example.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Lombardi Ranch pumpkin patch, wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Scarecrow Alley, Saturdays and Sundays in October at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is free, with a small fee for certain activities. Call (661) 296-8697. Fillmore & Western Railway’s Pumpkinliner excursions in a vintage train through the rural countryside of Ventura County to a pumpkin patch, 10 and 11 a.m., 12:10, 1:10 and 2:20 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October, departing from Central Park in Fillmore. Dinner trains during weekend evenings will have scarier themes. Call (800) 773-8724 to make a reservation. Fright Fest will feature live entertainment, ghosts, goblins, mazes and plenty of spooky special effects, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October plus Oct. 30-31 at Six Flag California’s Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. General admission: $59.99. Parking: $15. Call (661) 255-4111. Molar Manor “House of the Living Dead” will provide scary entertainment, 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in October plus Oct. 31 at 19415 Soldedad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $15 or $20 for a fast pass. Call (661) 252-7978. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Terror By Gaslight” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$14 for adults and $9-$11 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Heritage Haunt will feature a haunted house, trick-or-treating, pony rides, petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides and a fortune teller, 3-8 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Admission: $10 or $5 for bystanders. Hosted by the SCV Historical Society. Call (661) 254-1275. Fall Festival will feature games, magic shows and “Trick-a-Trunk,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 N. Castaic Road, Castaic. Proceeds will benefit Castaic Mission Church. Call (661) 257-4741. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NEW YORK – The Hubble Space Telescope has shown that a mysterious form of energy first conceived by Albert Einstein, then rejected by the famous physicist as his “greatest blunder,” appears to have been fueling the expansion of the universe for most of its history. This “dark energy” has been pushing the universe outward for at least 9 billion years, astronomers said Thursday. “This is the first time we have significant, discrete data from back then,” said Adam Riess, an astronomy professor at Johns Hopkins University and NASA researcher. He and several colleagues used the Hubble to observe 23 supernovae – exploding white dwarf stars – so distant that their light took more than half the history of the universe to reach the orbiting telescope. That means the supernovae existed when the universe was less than half its current age,about 13.7 billion years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Because the physics of a supernova explosion is extremely well-known, it is possible for the astronomers to gauge not just the distance, but how fast the universe was expanding at the time a supernova went off. “This finding continues to validate the use of these supernovae as cosmic probes,” Riess said. He and his colleagues describe their research in a paper that is scheduled for publication in the Feb. 10 issue of Astrophysical Journal. “Dark energy makes us nervous,” said Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology who was not involved in the supernova study. “It fits the data, but it’s not what we really expected.”
Donegal Road Safety Working Group has launched a new campaign urging motorists to put their phones out of reach before their journeys.The serious consequences of using a phone while driving were highlighted through stark figures on the risk of collisions.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council explains “driving at 60 kph, if a motorist takes their eyes off the road to look at a phone for just two seconds, a vehicle will travel 33 meters and in that time lapse a motorist will be totally oblivious to what is happening on the road. “A short lapse of concentration can have lifelong consequences, using a mobile phone while driving significantly increases the chances of being involved in a serious or fatal collision.”The table below shows the distance travelled at different speeds when you take your eyes off the road for just two seconds:Brian O’Donnell continued: “This new road safety campaign being launched by Donegal Road Safety Working group aims to highlight the serious consequences of using your mobile phone while driving, which could cost you or those you care about everything. Even if you are using a hands-free phone you should avoid making or answering calls when driving. If there is a need to answer a call, pull in safely before doing so”. “Motorists must be more aware of the incredible danger of using their phone while driving and it is time to banish mobile phones from the driver’s sight by placing them out of reach and out of sight. Using a mobile phone while driving creates a significant risk to all road users and this practice needs to stop”.“We are asking drivers to be fully aware of how their mobile phones takes their attention away from driving and having your full attention is never more important than when the lives of other road users are at risk”. He adds: “It is just not worth it, just to take a call or answer a text. The safety of all road users is paramount and we want to ensure that everyone uses the road safely and with consideration for all road users. This campaign sets out to urge motorists to put their phones out of reach before their journey so they are not tempted to use it while driving, ensuring they keep both themselves and others out of danger when on the road”.28,892 fixed penalty notices were issued for using a mobile phone while driving from January to November 2018. Shocking stats reveal dangers of using phones while driving was last modified: February 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal road safety working groupdrivingphones
A crisp cold fall morning had me wishing I brought some hot chocolate in a thermos with me for my morning birdwatching. The temperature was less than 25 degrees Farenheit. There was a bit of a breeze over the water. I was thankful the sun was out.I was dressed in my warm long down coat, winter boots, and warm gloves as I peered over the clear blue water. Searching the over one hundred gulls, I was on the lookout for a Lesser Black-backed Gull. One minute the group of gulls was swimming peacefully in the deep, calm water of the pond. The next minute, dozens of birds were aloft in the air, flying in different directions, but not going anywhere.What happened?For many people, seeing gulls in the sky is a sign they are looking for food, often near a beach or picnic area. That’s not what was happening with the gulls from the pond. There was another reason they quickly flew up and scattered above the pond, but didn’t travel to another location. One of my fellow birders turned their binoculars to the sky. I followed their lead, looked upward, and scanned the blue sky and white fluffy clouds with my binoculars. Found it! Far above, a black spot became clearer. A black spot with a white fan tail. A Bald Eagle was circling the pond. Now I knew what was happening. Gulls sitting in a pond could mean a quick meal for an eagle. I once saw an eagle swoop down over the Detroit River to quickly nab a mallard and carry it away. A mass of gulls flying haphazardly over the pond is a good defense against an eagle searching for food. The eagle stayed high in the sky as it slowly flew over the pond.Within a few minutes, the gulls returned to the pond. And I found the Lesser Black-backed Gull in the back section of the group of birds. Success! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Ivory Gull in Flint, MichiganUpdated March 13, 2017: Unfortunately, the bird was found dead this morning. See latest news. Thanks to the sharp eyes of 16-year-old Lauren LeFave, birdwatchers in Michigan (and beyond) had a rare treat this week: an Ivory Gull. Typically found in the high Arctic areas of Canada, Greenland, Norway, and…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Winter Wonderland in MichiganThe snow storm that swept through Michigan yesterday left behind a sparkling winter wonderland of snow and ice on trees, houses, streets, and buildings. As I took a morning walk today in our neighborhood, I noticed how calm it was. There was no breeze. No one else was out and…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Juvenile Peregrine FalconSeeing a Peregrine Falcon is one of the most exciting times in a birder’s life. Known as one of the fastest birds in the world, the Peregrine Falcon is not a common bird. They were endangered during the mid-twentieth century from the effects of DDT and other pesticides, and are…In “Nature”