Thursday, 10 December 2015

Loads of wind and few gulls

Last weekend seems a while back now, but my internet hub finally gave up the ghost earlier this week and I only managed  to get back online this evening. Bizarre what life is like these days without it.

Anyway, just a quick post as Saturday was fairly underwhelming at Dungeness. The wind was howling through and there were a fair amount of gulls about, but not the hoped for beasts from the east - not a single Caspian Gull! But an adult Yellow-legged Gull brightened the dull afternoon up slightly.
Yellow-legged Gull Dungeness, Kent 5th December 2015
There were also a few rings - a new Norwegian 2nd-winter Great Black-backed Gull along with a few old faithfuls.
Great Black-backed Gull JT302 Dungeness, Kent 5th December 2015; ringed as an adult at Mandal, Vest-Agder, Norway in May 2013 and present nearby til mid August 2013, then again from April to August 2014 and June to July 2015. It then has been at Dungeness since mid November onwards.

Great Black-backed Gull JT863 Dungeness, Kent 5th December 2015; ringed as a chick at Lindesnes, Vest-Agder, Norway in July 2014, and then seen at Terschelling, Friesland, The Netherlands from 2nd October to 16th November 2015.
Enjoyed the weekend thereafter with my parents, so that was it for the birding until this coming weekend.

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