Monday, 30 March 2015

Iceland Gull

Dungeness - 0730hrs - mild, sunny, sw 3 - Joined TG and PB in the hide for an hour of go-slow seawatching with a trickle of distant Brents, scoters, divers and Gannets moving up-Channel. Several Med Gulls flew towards the Patch, a Sandwich Tern flew east and a couple of Mipits came in off the sea. On the land a scattering of Mipits and Chiffchaffs was about it.
Dengemarsh - An afternoon visit yielded the two Cattle Egrets and Tundra Geese either side of Brickwall Farm, plus two Great White Egrets on Hookers; (T&BH found the first Sedge Warbler of the year by the hide this afternoon).
ARC - Cloud cover and increasing wind made for a dismal walk around the back of Tower pits which was almost birdless. From Screen hide several Goldeneyes and Shelducks amongst hundreds of Shovelers.

                                1st winter Iceland Gull, The Patch

Dungeness - Just as we were about to retire for tea news broke of an Iceland Gull at the Patch, found by DW, so we hot-footed down to the hide and enjoyed brief views of a pale 1st winter bird on the beach amongst hundreds of regular gulls. The first Common Tern of the year was also present.


  1. You're certainly keeping them coming Paul. If you read most of the other Kent blogs you'll realise how frustrated we all are at a total lack of spring migrants - it's unlikely that we'll get a Sedgie here on Sheppey for another three weeks yet.

  2. Slowly the spring migrants are coming, but I reckon this coming weekend should see a bit of a surge as lighter winds and an influx of Easter weekend birders combine.

  3. Hope you're right Paul. The Alpine Swift at Crawley must be struggling today, it's like a full blown winter's day.