Wednesday, 7 March 2018

White-winged Gulls

Lade - cold, misty, murky, drizzle - A grim morning during which we just completed our circuit of the local patch before the rain set in. The Long-tailed Duck and Goldeneyes were still on south lake and a 1st winter Glaucous Gull and Little Gull flew along the foreshore heading south.

                                Male Ringed Plover

Dungeness - Much drier this afternoon with a brisk wind out of the south-west and sunshine. A wander around the point delivered Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Stock Dove and Pied Wagtail showing signs of breeding, plus a pair each of Stonechat and Ringed Plover. A 1st winter Iceland Gull was amongst the gulls on the beach, while it was good to see a Brown Hare bounding over the shingle. On the sea, hundreds of Cormorant and Great Crested Grebe fishing close to shore, plus a few auks, Gannet, Kittiwake and Red-throated Diver further out.

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