Friday, 23 December 2016

Auks aplenty

Dungeness - mild, cloudy, sw 4- A blustery yet mild day with the wind increasing a couple of notches throughout the afternoon. After drawing a blank on the local patch we moved to the bird reserve where a Merlin put on a show at Boulderwall whilst watching the Ring-necked Duck. On Burrowes the usual combo of winter wildfowl, harriers, egrets, Lapwings and gulls, including at least one each of Caspian (adult) and Yellow-legged (1st winter) Gulls.
  1400hrs - An hour at the boats in the company of PB and MH was notable for hundreds of Guillemots and Razorbills on the sea fishing and fizzing left and right, infact the most auks I`ve seen so far this winter. Also offshore hundreds of Kittiwakes, Gannets, Cormorants, Great Crested Grebes, Black-headed and Common Gulls and a trio of Red-throated Divers combined to give a superb seabird spectacle.

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