Friday, 7 January 2022


I had a very enjoyable morning at The Patch with DW looking at 100s probably 1,000s of Gulls, the Iceland Gull was present throughout and we found at least 5 1w Caspian Gulls among the throng. A Bonxie flew through the back of the The Patch, uncharacteristically very few Gulls reacted to it, normally they would all alarm and scatter. there was also a couple of Northern Argentatatus Herring Gulls present, they always look mean(the Ray Winstone of Herring Gulls). Surprisingly with the many Gulls present we only located a single colour ringed Herring Gull.
Offshore a trickle of Red-throated Divers, Gannets, Kittiwakes and Auks.
Elsewhere the Cattle Egrets were still around the Horse Paddocks and there were 24 Bewick Swans at Marshlands. I was unable to find any wild Geese at Dengemarsh or Scotney, or the Smew at the ARC. 
2w Iceland Gull
2w Iceland Gull chasing Black-headed Gull
2w Iceland Gull and 1w Caspian Gull
Bonxie fly through
1w Caspian Gull
1w Caspian Gull
1w Caspian Gulls
Argentatus Herring Gull, always look mean

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