14th Feb


The Patch was very good again this morning. One of the Iceland Gulls was still there and a colour-ringed Caspian Gull (900P) was also still there (having also been seen over the weekend). Another colour-ringed gull was also seen which appears to be from an eastern european colony and are usually Caspian Gulls but in this instance but I am not sure that this bird is one and may well be a hybrid. Original ringing details are awaited. A second-winter Caspian Gull and a second-winter Mediterranean Gull was also seen.  

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   900P    Dungeness   14th February 2017

Gull sp, or  hybrid    second-winter   XHHP   Dungeness   14th February 2017

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides   juv/first-winter   Dnngeness   14th February 2017
A Black-throated Diver and 378 Red-throated Divers and over 1500 auks flew east over three watches during the day.

Four Porpoises were also seen.