Friday, 3 February 2017

Glaucous Gull

Dungeness - warm, dry, sunny, s 4 - Despite the portents of doom from the Met Office much of the day was spring-like with warm sunshine, once out of the breeze. En-route to the point news came through of a 1st winter Glaucous Gull at the Patch, and sure enough when we eventually arrived around midday it was sat on the beach amongst a thousand gulls, mostly Black-headed and Herring Gulls. Also in the throng was one of the `regular` 1st winter Iceland Gulls (plus another over the boil), several Kittiwakes, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a 1st winter Caspian Gull. Offshore the usual Gannets, Cormorants and gulls.

                               Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, the Patch

  Elsewhere today, on the bird reserve, Ring-necked Duck, Slavonian Grebe, Smews, Great White Egrets and White-fronted Geese were all reported, plus Red-necked Grebe at Camber, a Common Scoter at Scotney and Purple Sandpipers at Hythe.

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