Monday 15 August 2016

Prince Caspian

Dungeness - 0730hrs - warm, dry, sunny, e 4 - At the Patch up to a couple of thousand Black-headed and Herring Gulls were mostly on the beach until a pair of Peregrines drifted over, after which they then went berserk, calling raucously and flying out over the boil. The raptors eventually settled on A station and the gulls returned to their normal loafing and swimming habits. At sea a few passing Gannets and Sandwich Terns, plus a smart light phase Arctic Skua beating up a Sarnie.
  A skulking warbler in the rock samphire beside the power station wall got us going for a while, until it flew up onto the razor wire and revealed itself as a Common Whitethroat. Otherwise the bushes around the point were devoid of passerines.

                                Gull frenzy

                                One of the culprits

Greatstone Beach - 1200hrs - My timing was off meaning that the waders were too far out on the sands and there was a number of kite surfers taking advantage of the easterly blow which also kept them on the move. However, a count of 210 Sandwich Terns was noteworthy.

                                Juvenile Caspian Gull

                                Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

Dungeness - 1500hrs - An hour at the fishing boats with TG, PB and DC produced very little movement on the sea apart from a few Sandwich Terns. However, bread and bait thrown by the gull fans attracted a small flock of Herring type gulls that included yesterdays juvenile Caspian and a couple of Yellow-legged Gulls. Several other indeterminate birds were also present along with a juv Lesser Black-backed.

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