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27th Feb

Another day of strong winds and frequent heavy rain. Gulls provided all the interest in the difficult conditions with the arrival of a huge first-winter Glaucous Gull and one of the Iceland Gulls and the first-winter Caspian Gull still present. A few Brent Geese also flew east in some of the clearer spells of weather.


Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus    first-winter   Dungeness   27th February 2017

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus  first-winter   Dungeness   27th February 2017
With Herring Gull in front illustrating just how big the Glaucous Gull is.

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus with Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans
an unlikely pair

A Porpoise was also seen.