Thursday, 2 June 2016

Laughing Gull again!

Yet another day of cold strong NNE winds howling across the peninsula. 
07.00-09.00 at The Patch:
Great-crested Grebe: 5 around
Fulmar: 3E
Gannet: 221W (many more must have passed unseen while scanning through the Gulls)
Kittiwake: 3W
Black-headed Gull: c150 around
Herring Gull: c400 around
Lesser black Backed Gull: present N/C
Great Black Backed Gull: present N/C
Little Tern: 1 around
Sandwich Tern: present N/C
Common Tern: c200 around
Guillemot: 3W
Razorbill: 1 on sea
Once again 100s of Swifts over the pits but little else of note seen.
This afternoon back at The Patch 13.30-16.45:
While scanning through the Gulls on the beach for the umteenth time a dark backed gull came into view. Knowing straight away it was a Laughing Gull I grabbed my camera and took some long range record images, then tried to get the news out which is easier said than done at Dungeness where you have more chance of a French signal than British. The Laughing Gull was around The Patch and on the beach for about 30 minutes before it was flushed by dog walkers when it flew off west towards Sussex. While waiting in vain for it to return 4+ Mediterranean Gulls were around the boil, 37 Swifts came in and THAT White Winged Gull appeared.
 Laughing Gull around The Patch this afternoon

 That White Winger again!

Fox flushing the gulls as well as the dog walkers!

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