Thursday, 21 January 2016

Dartford Warbler

Dungeness - cold, sunny, s3 - Another stunning morning of weather if, like me, you prefer the cold and sunshine, to the impending cloud and rain forecast for tomorrow. We joined the seawatchers at the boats where a steady flow of Razorbills was underway with over 700 logged and more to come no doubt. The usual Gannets and Kittiwakes filtered by, plus 2 Teal and a Shelduck west and a Grey Seal bobbed up and down just offshore. The 1st winter Glaucous Gull put in appearance along the beach which was much appreciated by the photographers, as you can never have enough pics of this bird...and even I managed a couple of iffy efforts with the bridge camera (not designed for flight shots).
Yesterdays Dartford Warbler was soon relocated in broom scrub in the Kerton Rd triangle, though skulking, along with Stonechat, Wren, Dunnock and 2 Linnets over.

                               1st winter Glaucous Gull, Dungeness

Lade  - Once again the combination of light reflecting off the ice (which if anything was even more extensive than yesterday) proved a spectacular sight, and sound, as the ice creaked and groaned with a zephyr and rising temperatures. Teal and Coot were packed into tight groups to ward off harrier attacks, some on the ice, others feeding, while a high tide roost of around 2,000 gulls, also on the ice, included 250 Great Black-backs.

                                Wildfowl and ice, Lade

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