|Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides juvenile Dungeness 10th February 2020|
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Although the worst of the storm has now passed through it is still extremely windy and was decidedly unpleasant for most of the day. There was very little movement offshore with a Velvet Scoter and a Great Skua being about the best but there was a considerable increase in gull numbers feeding along the shore and roosting on the beach. These eventually produced the obvious highlight of the day in the form of a juvenile Iceland Gull this afternoon. Conditions were such that getting good images of the bird proved impossible so below are a few very definite record shots of it.
Yesterdays measures to save the seawatch hide were successful and a check of the Observatory roof for lost tiles first thing this morning was reassuring so it was disappointing to discover a couple of tiles dislodged and on the ground as the wind increased again just before midday.