Thursday 16 April 2020

Mediterranean Gulls

Lade - Lockdown Day 24 - warm, dry and sunny, e2 - Mediterranean Gulls are a regular feature of the spring birding scene down here, mostly in the form of high-flying birds `yowing` loudly as they pass over the peninsula. Their distinctive flight calls could be heard throughout the day and I did managed to latch onto three flocks of 8, 21 and 55 all heading out across the bay towards Folkestone.
  Our circuit of the local patch failed to deliver anything new on the bird front, but it was good to have a natter with Dave S (at a safe distance of course) who I`d not seen since lockdown. The same warblers as yesterday were present, while a stunning male Marsh Harrier worked the back reed bed. On the beach the first floret of Sea Kale was noted.

                                Hen Linnet

                                Flowering Sea Kale

                    Senetti, the first time I`ve managed to get one through the winter and into flower!

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