Monday, 7 January 2013

Little Gulls

Dungeness - 1000hrs - Mild, overcast, sw 2 - There have been many gloomy days of late but few as murky as today with only a Mordor like half-light penetrating the low cloud base; there would be no chance of batting on a fast track today. However, a seawatch from the hide produced all the expected divers, grebes, auks, Kittiwakes and Gannets coming and going around the point. Down at the Patch the bulk of gulls comprised over 300 Bhgs, plus a few Kittiwakes, auks and 3 Little Gulls around the boil. One was an adult and the others 1st winters, one which was much darker than the other. Few land birds noted apart from 2 Pied Wagtails on the power station. On the drive out the Glaucous Gull was seen over the fishing boats.
Lade - Precious little here on the pits with only a Goldeneye amongst the common diving ducks of interest. A couple of Marsh Harriers drifted over the back of the `mirrors` while Water Rails and Cetti`s Warblers called from the willow swamp, and that was about the sum total.
The dull weather was a good excuse to return home to the laptop and catch up on some long overdue articles.

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