21st Oct

Storm Brian arrived with a vengeance today and made any birding a serious challenge. Despite the conditions there was actually fairly little offshore although a Great Northern Diver and a Red-necked Grebe were noteworthy. Three Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas, three Mediterranean Gulls and about 25 Sandwich Terns were also seen. Late in the day a first winter Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull came to the offerings at the fishing boats.
The main features on the land was the continuing movement of Goldfinches with at least 2000 passing through and a Wood Lark found in the Desert.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   21st October 2017



Rough Seas at Dengemarsh Gully with waves over the top of the beach.
A Brown Hare and a Stoat were also seen

The day ended with a small gathering in the Pilot Inn to thank Lee Gregory for his work as AW this year and also to present him and his fiancee Cathy Mendez with an early wedding present. Good luck to you both.