Friday 7 January 2022

Winter Gulls

Dungeness - cold, dry, sunny, w 5 - It was a nippy walk along to the Patch where I joined MC and DW in the hide scanning through hundreds of gulls on the sea and along the foreshore. The 2nd winter Iceland Gull was hunkered down on the beach towards Penn Bars amongst a flock of gulls and Cormorants and only offered up a rear view, while a couple of Caspian Gulls were far more obliging in front of the hide. A Black Redstart was briefly noted in the A station complex.

                                  1st winter Caspian Gull, Dungeness

On the bird reserve viewing was difficult due to the lack of shelter from the strong wind. Hundreds of Cormorants dominated the few remaining islands on Burrowes where four Goldeneyes were the only ducks of note. Elsewhere, the usual Great White and Cattle Egrets, Marsh Harriers and a Glossy Ibis present. 

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