Wednesday 25 October 2017

Little Gulls

Dungeness - mild, murky, sw 2 - Spent the morning around the point where six Swallows and two House Martins were feeding over the beach by the Pilot. At the Patch three Little Gulls were amongst a melee of mostly Black-headed and Herring Gulls over the boil, plus 10 Sandwich Terns. Coasting flocks of Goldfinches numbered at least 200 along with a few Chaffinches, Redpolls and Meadow Pipits. In the bushes a scattering of Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs, Long-tailed, Great and Blue Tits, Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrush and at least one Ring Ouzel at the southern end of the trapping area. A Peregrine perched on a pylon was my first for a while.
  During a family afternoon in sunny Folkestone we walked the new tramway footpath across the harbour towards the arm which afforded spectacular views across the bay towards the Warren and White Cliffs. Around the harbour several Rock Pipits and Turnstones noted, plus a Grey Wagtail over calling.

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