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9th Dec

A bitterly cold morning and very little to be seen offshore or in the bushes.

Efforts were in part concentrated on the RSPB Reserve where the gull roost continues to provide plenty of interest with several Caspian Gulls seen and including this colour-ringed bird. It was originally ringed at Lviv in Ukraine as a nestling in 2015 and was first seen at Dungeness later in that year. Nice evidence of a returning wintering individual.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   third-winter   RSPB Reserve   9th December 2017
Yellow with black code HCL23  - a Ukranian-ringed bird.