Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Gull grilling

Dungeness  - 0800hrs -  cold, dry, sunny, sw 2 - Never before have I given the gulls at the Patch such a grilling... There were several thousand Black-headed Gulls to check through, but all we could muster up were two Little Gulls and singles of Caspian and Med Gulls amongst the melee. A Razorbill pitched up near the boil and scores of auks were on the move further out, while a Bonxie powered west.
On the land the first three Meadow Pipits of the year were noted.
1500hrs - A session at the fishing boats, along with the usual suspects, delivered some lively banter, plus plenty of Guillemots, Cormorants and Great Crested Grebes on the sea, along with several Razorbill, a few Red-throated Divers and Common Scoters. A feeding flock of Kittiwakes offshore attracted a few Gannets and a Fulmar moved west.

                               Local birders searching for yesterdays Ross`s Gull

                                Dungeness sunset

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