Tuesday 11 December 2012

Dungeness Gulls

Dungeness  - 0900hrs - Cold, overcast, nw 2 - A nippy old morning with a bit of drizzle in the air at times. Strolled down to The Patch with DG to scrutinise a large flock of gulls loafing on the beach. All five common species present, plus 4 Kittiwakes and singles of adult Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls. Offshore, plenty of Great Crested Grebes on the sea, a few Kittiwakes and Gannets further out and a steady flow of Red-throated Divers and Guillemots moving between Rye and Lade Bays. Also, 35 Oystercatchers and 16 Brents moving up-channel, whilst a Peregrine scattered the Feral Pigeons on the power station roof. A check through the gulls by the fishing boats revealed the wintering Glaucous Gull patrolling the beach.

                                         Kittiwake, The Patch

New Diggings - From the causeway road singles of Black-throated Diver, Great White Egret, Smew and Goosander, 4 Goldeneyes and a Raven over. On the ARC side 150 Gadwall, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Marsh Harriers, 3 Goldeneyes and a Kingfisher.
Scotney - Just the usual feral Barnacles on the grass, plus plenty of Golden Plovers, Lapwings and Wigeons.
Dymchurch - Had brief views of a flock of 10 Waxwings by the church this afternoon. The Hamstreet birds were also reported again by the war memorial at Johnson`s Corner.

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