Monday, 21 May 2012

Iceland Gull

Dungeness - 0900hrs - cool, cloudy, ne3 - The amazing recent run of rare birds at Dungeness continued this morning with a stunning adult Iceland Gull feeding at the Patch. It has of course been a record breaking winter for this Arctic gull with hundreds of displaced birds noted in northern Scotland, while this is the 4th for the year so far down here. Also a goodly number of Common Terns at the Patch, although there were many more earlier when a passing Roseate Tern was also seen (DW).
Elsewhere, 2 Black Redstarts along the perimeter wall, Stonechat and Wheatear by Lloyds, a singing Lesser Whitethroat in the Trapping Area, plus flyover Raven and Med Gull.

                                          Iceland Gull, The Patch

Lade - 1600hrs - Several sightings of Hobby and Sparrowhawk around the cottage this afternoon sent the local Herring Gulls into raptures. Very quiet over the pits with just a couple of courting Cuckoos of note.

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