Wednesday 2 March 2011

Gulls and Waders

Dungeness - 0800hrs - Cold, grey, ne4 - The biting north-easterly wind continues to make for difficult birding conditions across the Peninsula. An hours seawatch produced a pitiful return of one distant diver, half a dozen Gannets and a few auks - even Barney looked fed up. The Patch wasnt much better either, although there were two Kittiwakes on the beach amongst a couple of hundred Black-headed, Common, Herring, Lesser-black and Great-black Back Gulls. A brown Merlin did a circuit round the old light before heading out across the Desert and the wintering Glaucous Gull was on patrol along the foreshore by the boats.
Littlestone - 1500hrs - The sun finally broke through but if anything the wind speed had increased. Could only find six of the usual ten species of shorebirds here: Oystercatcher, Curlew, Barwit, Redshank, Dunlin and Sanderling. The rest were probably hunkered down behind the groynes towards St Mary`s Bay.

                                                     Curlew, Littlestone

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