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13th February

Very little coverage in the obs area due to miserable weather. A check of the beach this morning revealed the usual first winter Glaucous Gull still present.
Click here for some video of the Glaucous Gull



A wet and windy walk along the beach at the end of Dengemarsh Road checking the strandline found four clusters of Goose Barnacles attached to a variety of polystyrene floating objects and large numbers of empty Sand Gaper or Soft-shelled Clam Mya arenaria.


However, on returning to the car we spotted a patch of Goose Barnacles which had been scraped off and onto the roadside. Checking through these we were rewarded with finding two Columbus Crabs Planes minutus. Unfortunately they were dead but this meant that we were able to collect them and they can now be seen at the Observatory.

Colombs Crab Planes minutus   Dungeness   13th February 2016

12th February

Despite a change to SExE winds there was no sign of any real passage offshore although eight Mediterranean Gulls did fly past amidst hundreds of gulls feeding on the shellfish washing up on the beach. The first-winter Caspian and Glaucous Gulls were still showing well. 

Massed Gulls this evening   Dungeness   12th February 2016


11th February

Two Firecrests were seen at the causeway between the two Long Pits and the first-winter Caspian and Glaucous Gull were still showing well around the fishing boats. 

10th February

Not a great deal to report other than the usual first-winter Caspian and Glaucous Gulls still present.

9th February

A very wet and much calmer morning but a bit disappointing for seabirds with hardly anything moving offshore other than 357 Kittiwakes and five Mediterranean Gulls in 2.25 hours. The first-winter Caspian Gull and Glaucous Gull were showing well at times.
A Grey Seal was seen and a few more clusters of Goose Barnacles were found on the beach.

8th February

A day of violent winds which restricted observations to the sea where even here it was very difficult - at one stage the large boat we were sheltering behind began to slide over the shingle. The seawatch itself was notable for 153 Fulmars and 218 Kittiwakes moving west during the morning but these were about the only birds moving.
The regular Caspian and Glaucous Gulls were joined by a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull.

With such persistent strong westerly winds it was probably only a matter of time before Goose Barnacles started to wash up on the beach and a couple of large clusters have now been found attached to polystyrene floats.
Goose Barnacles Lepus anatifera   Dungeness   8th February 2016
Also on the beach this afternoon was this fish which I think is a Shad sp., probably a Twaite Shad, - now a rare fish in British waters and classified as Vulnerable.
Twaite Shad Alosa fallax   Dungeness   8th February 2016