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23rd Dec

A very dull, wet start to the day but as the visibility improved slightly around mid-morning a short check off the fishing boats was made. While passage seemed to be limited to a few auks and Kittiwakes it was clear that there had been an influx of gulls and large numbers of Gannets feeding just offshore. In fact it turned into a bit of a gull fest with the finding of a third-winter Iceland Gull, a first-winter Glaucous Gull and four first-winter Caspian Gulls. In addition, two adult Little Gulls were feeding at the Patch. A party of nine White-fronted Geese also came in over the Lifeboat Station.

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides   third-winter   Dungeness   23rd December 2022

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   23rd December 2022
One of four individuals seen this morning.

Gannets Morus bassana   Dungeness   23rd December 2022
Large numbers were feeding very close inshore this morning.

A Common Seal and a Grey Seal were also feeding offshore.