Dungeness - 0800hrs - warm, dry and sunny - As predicted yesterdays Laughing Gull at Hastings sea front decamped to The Patch this morning and put on a fine show for a small gathering of local birders. It was a cracking adult in full breeding plumage, and as gulls go was a very smart beast indeed. When we arrived it was sat on the beach amongst the riff-raff, but it also flew out over the Patch to feed before settling once more on the beach.
This was a new bird for me at Dungeness, where the last record was of a 2nd year individual on 10-13th November 2005.
Lade - Some of the more mature birders out there may remember some good nights (and even a lock-in or two) at The Ship pub, Lade. For the past seven years it has laid derelict, but the builders have now moved in and demolition commenced today to make way for four houses.