Saturday, 22 February 2014

Loadsa Gulls

Lade - 0800hrs - mild, dry and sunny, sw 3 - Following more heavy overnight rain the day dawned bright and sunny with temperatures reaching 13C by early afternoon. The first Med Gulls of the season were heard this morning calling over the cottage.
Dungeness - A check from the fishing boats revealed a few grebes, auks and divers offshore, plus the 1st winter Glaucous Gull patrolling the beach. At the Patch hundreds of gulls over the boil, mostly Common and Black-headed Gulls, but also up to 30 Little Gulls.
The Trinity House vessel MV Galatea was close to shore renewing the cardinal buoy, damaged in the recent storms.

                                MV Galatea, Dungeness

ARC - 1400hrs - The two Black-throated Divers were still on New Diggings along with a flyover Great White Egret. We joined PB and SB at the pines to look for the Siberian Chiffchaff but it was a no show. At least five Chiffchaffs, Long-tailed Tits, Green Woodpecker and a Sparrowhawk noted along the way.
Long-tailed Duck on Burrowes today was probably the Scotney bird, the Penduline Tits were seen again at Hookers and the Slavonian Grebe was reported from Lade (per SB).

David Roche
Had a phone call from David Roche yesterday to the effect that he`s landed an assistant wardens post on the Farne Islands with the National Trust. David (aka `Baby Dave`) will be well known to many Dungeness regulars, as he spent a couple of summers down here recently learning his trade at the Bird Observatory. Whilst at Dungeness he quickly gained a reputation for being an ace rarity finder and I can`t image what he`ll turn up on the east coast hot spot of the Farnes. Well done to him, and I`ve got a feeling the Farnes will be mentioned on Birdguides once or twice this spring and autumn.

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