The sea was apparently very quiet this morning so I went to the reserve where 5 Little Gulls were showing well from Firth Hide, but in appalling light conditions. My visit was cut short by a call from DW saying a Bee-eater was flying around the observatory. On arrival at the observatory needless to say the Bee-eater had departed, in compensation a Honey Buzzard was heading away from the observatory towards the Open Pits with 2 Red Kites and a Common Buzzard for company, I cant remember ever seeing the 3 species in the same field of view before.
Very high Honey Buzzard (a bit of imagination required) heading away from the observatory.
The Bee-eater mad several more appearances around the peninsular but managed to elude me, even though I plodded all round the area for a couple of hours.
This afternoon back at the reserve the adult Little Gulls had gone but the 3 immature birds were still present along with an adult Mediterranean Gull. On the islands a Whimbrel joined 13 Curlews, one of which was a colour ringed individual, also 5 Turnstone, 3+ Sanderling, 5+ Ringed Plovers, a Greenshank and a few Dunlin.
Little Gulls from Firth Hide this afternoon
1 of 2 adult Little Gulls at Firth this morning
Mediterranean Gull fro Firth
Whimbrel with Curlews on Burrowes this afternoon
Bee-eater finale again
Thanks to a call from Owen this evening I finally managed to catch up with the/another Bee-eater today, which was flying around his house and roosted in nearby trees in Station Approach, Littlestone. It doesn't matter how many I see I still get a huge buzz from seeing them.