Saturday 10 January 2015

Caspian Gull

Dungeness - 1300hrs - mild, sunny, w 4 - After the strong wind and rain of this morning we ventured down the point this afternoon. The sea was quiet with just a few distant Gannets, divers and auks being about it, so in desperation I turned to the roosting gulls on the beach. A large mixed flock contained a 1st winter Caspian Gull before the whole lot were flushed by walkers and flew off towards the bird reserve. We mooched along the foreshore towards the lifeboat station for a bit, without success, and then circled back round to the lighthouse where another gull flock delivered nought.
Lade North - Scanning from the school ramp both Marsh Harrier and Buzzard were in action over the fields, flushing Lapwings, Golden Plovers and Woodpigeons in their wake. On north pit a Pintail was the only duck of note.

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