Thursday, 30 January 2014

Migrant ducks & waders

Dungeness - 0830hrs - cold, cloudy, s 2 - It was nowhere near as cold today with the wind slackening off and edging around to the south and only the odd shower. We joined DW and PB at the boats for an hours seawatching where there were not as many auks, divers and gulls on the move as recent days but a small westward passage of waders and ducks comprising Dunlin, Sanderling, Knot and Grey Plover, Teal, Wigeon, Common Scoter, Shoveler and a Pintail. Several Little Gulls moved through and Gannets were more numerous than yesterday.
1400hrs - Another session from the seawatch hide delivered the usual seabirds milling around the point, while at the Patch 6 Little Gulls and a Med were amongst the Black-headed Gulls.
On the walk back the 1st winter Glaucous Gull put on a show patrolling the beach in front of the hide, picking up dead fish and generally duffing-up any Herring Gull that dared to invade its airspace.

                                1st winter Glaucous Gull, Dungeness

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