Tuesday 29 December 2020

Gull fest

 Lade - cold, overcast, light air - A nippy, raw bone kind of a day that was not conducive to lingering long in one place. On the local patch a most unusual sight was four Marsh Harriers sat atop the 200` wall mirror this morning. On the lakes an increase in Wigeon and Teal numbers to 30 and 50 respectively and just a pair of Goldeneyes on south lake. A Stonechat in scrub along the main track was the first one for a while and a Chiffchaff called from cover.

  At Dungeness around midday all the car parks were full of visitors (despite the Tier 4 advice on keeping local) and there wasn`t a gull anywhere on the beach due to disturbance by dog-walkers. However, hundreds of gulls were to be found at the Patch and on the flat calm sea thereabouts, including at least 20 Mediterranean Gulls and a fly-through Iceland Gull; the Glaucous Gull from earlier had disappeared, but returned during the afternoon (MC). Plenty of auks, Kittiwakes, Gannets and a few Red-throated Divers passed off shore.

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