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The first-winter Caspian and Glaucous Gulls were showing well at the fishing boats as usual. A Velvet Scoter, a few Kittiwakes and around 600 auks flew west in the early morning and a count at low water this afternoon gave a total of 2330 Great Crested Grebes feeding offshore. Yet more images of the Caspian Gull.
Caspian GullLarus cachinnans first-winter Dungeness 4th February 2016