Tuesday, 25 September 2012

White-breasted Cormorant

Dungeness - 0845hrs - Cool, cloudy, heavy showers, sw3 - Another blustery autumnal day with heavy showers rattling across the peninsula accompanied by occasional thunder and lighting. Very little moving on the sea with just the regulation Gannets and Sandwich Terns, and most of them were distant. The adult Yellow-legged Gull remained amongst the gulls by the fishing boats.

                                          Yellow-legged Gull, Dungeness

                                         Juv Cormorant, probably of race sinensis, ARC

ARC - 0930hrs - The main talking point from Hanson hide was a juvenile Cormorant with almost pure white underparts and part of the face; the general consensus was that it was probably of the Continental race sinensis.The Pectoral Sandpiper remained from yesterday along with the 2 Spoonbills (out of sight whilst I was there). Also, 5 Dunlins, 2 Shelducks, 5 Pintails and all the usual wildfowl. Despite the increasing wind a few Chiffchaffs were noted from the Willow Trail along with Long-tailed Tits, Robins and a Reed Bunting.

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