After being absent for a couple of days the Iceland Gull was back at the Patch again along with a first-winter Caspian Gull. The morning seawatch produced 38 Pintails, three Shovelers and two Teal of note. The Grey Wagtail was singing in the power station again.
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A bright and sunny day after a cold and frosty start. There were a couple of sightings of Red Kite this morning and two Marsh Harriers were hunting over the Trapping Area. There was a hint of passerine movement this morning with 20 Redwings, four Song Thrushes, four Grey Wagtails and four Greenfinches of note.
A Common Seal was feeding offshore and a Pygmy Shrew and two Bank Voles were seen on the land.
There were several sightings of Red Kite across the wider Dungeness area today and eventually one was seen in our recording area just before dark. It was otherwise a very quiet day. Two Red-breasted Mergansers flew west this morning. Two Firecrests were seen at the Long Pits, two Siskins flew over and 60 Pied Wagtails came into roost at the Power Station.
A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.
There was a bit movement offshore with 170 Brent Geese and four Mediterranean Gulls moving up-channel and a Shag moving down-channel. The regular Iceland Gull briefly came onto the beach at the Point and allowed for a few more photographs to be added to the collection.
|Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides Dungeness 24th February 2021|
The Iceland Gull was at the Patch along with two Caspian Gulls and two Yellow-legged Gulls. There was a hint of migration on the land with a singing Chiffchaff on the Point rather than the Trapping Area and two Fieldfares and 12 Redwings also seen. The regular Grey Wagtail was still in the power station and three Ravens flew over.
Of note from elsewhere was a very early Wheatear at Galloways Road.
The regular Iceland Gull, three Caspian Gulls and a Mediterranean Gull were feeding at the Patch and 172 Brent Geese, four Shelduck, and 13 Pintails moving up-channel were also of note. The Grey Wagtail was feeding inside the power station complex.
Two Snipe and three Stonechats were of note on the land.
The Iceland Gull was still feeding at the Patch along with an adult Mediterranean Gull and a second-winter Yellow-legged Gull. The Grey Wagtail was feeding around the Sewage Unit in the power station again. The trapping area was very quiet except for a Chiffchaff and some singing Redwings.
There were fewer gulls at the Patch this morning but the Iceland Gull was still present and a second-winter Mediterranean Gull and two third-winter Caspian Gulls were seen. In the afternoon a second-winter Yellow-legged Gull came to bread at the fishing boats.
A Grey Seal was seen at the fishing boats.
Although the wind eventually veered into the south it was still tough going in the cold and windy conditions. A one hour seawatch this morning saw 45 Brent Geese and a few Red-throated Divers, Gannets and auks move east. There were thousands of birds at the Patch again with the regular Iceland Gull along with five Mediterranean Gulls, six (five first-winters and a third-winter) Caspian Gulls and a second-winter Yellow-legged Gull.
|Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides Dungeness 14th February 2021|
A check of the trapping area and desert this morning produced two Woodcocks, three Snipe, a Chiffchaff, a Firecrest, two Fieldfares, two Song Thrushes and 25 Redwings and a Black Redstart was feeding at the entrance to the power station. A short seawatch this afternoon produced a first-winter Little Gull of note.
Another bitterly cold day. Movement was a bit limited today and restricted mainly to waders with three Golden Plovers, five Lapwings, 17 Dunlin, three Knot, eight Snipe, a Woodcock and a Redshank. Wildfowl included 27 Wigeon and 30 Teal and ten Mediterranean Gulls were also seen offshore.
Snow on and off through the day with blizzard conditions at times especially during the morning. The cold was also beginning to affect the birds with birds passing west offshore including 425 Brent Geese, 350 Wigeon, four Pintail, six Teal, four Grey Plovers, two Bar-tailed Godwits, ten Mediterranean Gulls and a surprise Sandwich Tern. Lots of gulls were feeding the Patch including three first-winter Caspian Gulls. Birds have also started to arrive on the land with another 23 Teal on the Long Pits, two Woodcocks, 26 Snipe, eight Skylarks and eight Redwings.
Limited coverage again on a freezing day with frequent snow flurries and strengthening northerly winds. There was a small indication of a cold weather arrival with 35 Lapwings, a Woodcock, two Redwings and a Fieldfare being seen. A check of the Patch produced the regular Iceland Gull and two Caspian Gulls.
Limited coverage today. Seawatchng produced 84 Red-throated Divers, three Mediterranean Gulls and over 1000 auks and a Chiffchaff, three Firecrests, two Redwings, a Black Redstart and two Grey Wagtails were seen on the land.
The first moth of the year was caught in the trap in the form of a Satellite.
|Satellite Eupsilia transversa Dungeness 6th February 2021|
The morning seawatch produced 12 Brent Geese, 209 Red-throated Divers and 380 auks sp in an hour. The Patch wasn't working today but large numbers of Cormorants were roosting on the beach. The Grey Wagtail and male Black Redstart were back at the sewage treatment unit and a Firecrest was singing in the Trapping Area.
|Just a few Cormorants on the beach. Dungeness 4th February 2021|
A Common Seal was also seen on the beach.
Elsewhere, the Glossy Ibis was showing well in the small pools at Boulderwall.
|Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus RSPB Reserve 4th February 2021|
With miserable weather through the morning it was mainly a day of paperwork but a visit to the shore in the afternoon saw 13 Brent Geese head east and seven Shelduck, 90 Red-throated Divers and 350 auks west. The regular Iceland Gull also made a brief appearance at the fishing boats.
Two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
The second-year Iceland Gull and three Caspian Gulls were at the Patch again this morning and five Shelduck, 22 Wigeon, six Pintail, 132 Red-throated Divers, five Mediterranean Gulls and over 3,500 auks flew east. A Raven also flew over the Power Station and six Ringed Plovers were on the beach.
|Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides Dungeness 1st February 2021|
Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.