25th Feb

At least one of the regular Iceland Gulls was seen at the Patch again and two first-winter Caspian Gulls were also seen. One of these was a new colour-ringed bird (yellow with black code X309) whilst the second bird was the same as the bird seen yesterday. This bird is also particularly interesting as analysis of photographs by Dante Shepherd show that it was also seen by him at the Thames Barrier on 14th February 2017. A second-winter Yellow-legged Gull was also seen.

24th Feb

Gulls continue to provide most of the interest with the two juvenile/first-winter Iceland Gulls feeding at the Patch, a first-winter Caspian Gull at the fishing boats in the morning and five different Mediterranean Gulls during the day. A female Eider and 700 Great Crested Grebes were also feeding offshore.
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   24th February 2017

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides and Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus
Dungeness   24th February 2017  

The drake Ring-necked Duck was still on Cooke's Pool and the two Long-eared Owls continue to show well at the Dipping Pond on the RSPB Reserve.

23rd Feb

A day dominated by the effects of Storm Doris with gale force winds throughout and rain in the morning. There did not seem to be a great deal moving offshore with just an Eider and over 670 Guillemots of interest whilst two of the Iceland Gulls, a second-winter Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull were also seen.

22nd Feb

A day of strong and ever-increasing westerly winds and frequent drizzle made for pretty unpleasant conditions. Observations were limited to the sea and the Patch with the three Iceland Gulls and a first-winter Caspian Gull at the latter. Several spells of seawatching totaling 3.5hrs produced 12 Velvet Scoters and 50 Fulmars of note along with good numbers of auks and the usual Gannets and Red-throated Divers.

21st Feb

Plenty of birds were offshore today but not a great deal was actually moving through. Five Velvet Scoters were of note whilst gulls included the three Iceland Gulls, a Little Gull and four Mediterranean Gulls.

Two Porpoises were seen.

The latest batch of ringing recoveries just received had a couple of interesting ones among them.

The first was a "Continental" Coal Tit which was ringed by Wes Attridge at Capel, Surrey on 14th October 2015 and controlled at Dungeness on 22nd March 2016 and was presumably on its way back to the continent.
The second was a male Stonechat which was ringed on the Great Orme, Conwy on 19th August 2016 and controlled at Dungeness on 8th October 2016.

20th Feb

Coverage was a bit limited today due to thick fog but in a clearer spell this afternoon all three of the Iceland Gulls were seen.
The Grey Wagtail was feeding at the sewage treatment unit again.

19th Feb

The Dungeness Iceland Gull population rose to three today with the arrival of a second-winter bird, first seen at the Patch and then attracted to the offerings at the fishing boats in the afternoon. The two first-winter birds were still at the Patch this morning and a colour-ringed third-winter Caspian Gull also came in.

Early morning seawatching produced just ten Shovelers and a Mediterranean Gull of note along with a steady eastward trickle of Red-throated Divers and Gannets.

Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.

Another Small Tortoiseshell was seen in the Observatory garden.








Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides   second-winter   Dungeness   19th February 2017