Thursday 10 December 2015

Beach gulls

Lade - mild, cloudy, sw 5 - Another breezy day forced the water birds to move onto the more sheltered north lake and around the willow swamp, where 2 Marsh Harriers were in attendance.
The mystery of the green signs has been resolved, apparently they`re markers for testing water quality.
A check of the sands at midday from the tavern revealed at least 500 Dunlins and 300 Sanderlings amongst six species of shorebirds, plus a thousand gulls, mainly Black-headed and Common Gulls.

                               Adult Kittiwake, Dungeness

Dungeness - From the fishing boats this afternoon a steady flow of close Gannets and Kittiwakes moved west, plus a few auks and a Red-throated Diver in an hour. Several hundred gulls on the beach included a few Kittiwakes, plus an immature Caspian Gull located by PB and DW.
NB: On the bird reserve the Long-eared Owl had returned to roost in the sallows behind the discovery pond and 6 Smew were on Burrowes.

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