Monday, 14 January 2013

First Flurries of Winter

Dungeness - 1000hrs - cold, overcast, wintry showers, sw 3 - A nippy old morning with snow flurries soon turning to sleet and by afternoon heavy rain. The usual melee of auks, grebes, divers, Gannets, Cormorants and Kittiwakes milling around the point, plus 80 Wigeon, 20 Teal and 15 Common Scoters down-Channel, with 25 Brents up-Channel. The 3rd winter Glaucous Gull was on the beach amongst a crowd of Herrings, Black-backs and a few Kitts.
Down at the Patch about a thousand gulls comprised mostly Bhgulls and at least one adult Yellow-legged amongst the larger gulls, plus several Razorbills fishing around the boil.
ARC/New Diggings - A few Goldeneyes and a Smew on New Diggings and all the usual common wildfowl plus a Great White Egret on ARC. Four Mipits were noteworthy due to the general paucity of passerines of late.
Lade - An afternoon visit in dreary conditions revealed little apart from common wildfowl and gulls.

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