A three-hour seawatch this morning resulted in a nice movement of Little Gulls with 120 birds passing west close inshore which ended almost as soon as soon as the weather cleared and the wind veered into the west. Interestingly only one of them was a first-year bird, the rest all being adults. A single Great Skua, a Red-breasted Merganser, 58 Kittiwakes and a few Gannets and auks also flew west whilst 31 Teal, 124 Oystercatchers, a Knot and four Mediterranean Gulls flew east.
The regular first-winter Caspian Gull was showing very well again and despite my better judgement I couldn't resist taking yet more pictures of it.
|Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans first-winter Dungeness 7th January 2016|
|Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 2nd winter Dungeness 7th January 2016|