Thursday, 23 January 2014

Glaucous Gull!

A much brighter day today, so I decided to start at Scotney GP, where 2 Dark Bellied Brent Geese and a Pale Bellied Brent Goose could be seen, with them were the 2 Tundra Bean Geese and 200+ Greylag Geese, a Great White Egret and 5 Little Egrets could be seen at the back of the pit, at the Kent end the Long-tailed Duck was in its usual spot.
09.45- 10.40 from the fishing boats joined by The Joker and SG of fame.
Red-throated Diver:  226W    12E
Great-crested Grebe: 1,500+ o/s
Fulmar: 1W
Gannet: c20 o/s
Kittiwke: c100 in fshing melee o/s
Auks: 2,000+ majority Guillemots on the sea.

 On the ARC a Great White Egret and Little Egret at the south end with c150 Gadwall and c200 Wigeon. From Hanson and the screen hide 8 Smew including 2 drakes the first drakes of the winter, 4 Goldeneye, c 200 Pochard, 2 more Great White Egrets, 2 Marsh Harriers, a Chiffchaff and Cetti's Warbler.
Black-throated Divers
 On the new Diggings the 2 Black-throated Divers still present also a red head Smew. While I was on the central causeway trying to get some decent pics of the divers I received a call from DW that an adult Glaucous Gull was in the roost behind the fish hut, when I arrived the Gull was pretty much hidden only getting views of its back, the primaries and occasionally the back of its head, until the flock spooked with some flying off, fortunately the Glaucous Gull settled back down but in a dip out of sight, a short while later they spooked again and by the time I got the camera on the Gull it was overhead and headed away in front the power station.  
Adult Glaucous Gull

 I went to The Patch to try and relocate the Glaucous Gull but it was not to be. Around The Patch c 2,000 Black headed Gulls, an ad and 1w Little Gull and a Mediterranean Gull.
In local garden a Humming bird Hawk Moth was found showing just how mild it has been. 


  1. Looks like a couple of glaucous are knocking about hopefully one will stick