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11th Jan

A couple of hours seawatching this morning produced 14 Teal, four Velvet Scoters, 50 Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull and 1500 auks species. A quick throw of some bread attracted just a handful of gulls but they did include a fourth-winter Caspian Gull and the regular Polish colour-ringed Black-headed Gull. In addition a first-winter gull came in which may have been a hybrid Caspian x Herring Gull rather than a pure Caspian Gull.



Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   fourth-winter   Dungeness   11th January 2021



Caspian or hybrid Caspian x Herring Gull   first-winter   Dungeness   11th January 2021
First picked up on call as it flew into the flock I thought this was a Caspian Gull and most of the plumage looks ok for this species but the head looks quite streaked and the overall structure does not feel quite right.

Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus   adult   Dungeness   11th January 2021
A frequently recorded Polish colour-ringed bird.