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I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Gulls at Dungeness Tuesday 2nd February

Tuesdays are my dog free day, well after the morning walk. Today after an eye test I got over to Dungeness, firstly to see the 2 Long-eared owls together. (having only ever seen 2 in my birding life I wanted to see 2 together) Despite scanning I couldn't find them but fortunately Martin Casemore was around and put me onto them.

 A quick look from Firth Hide I couldn't find the Smew that Paul reported earlier so I thought it was going to be bad day. But then things changed and a Chiffchaff flew in front of me my first of the year. It was then off to the beach to look for the Glaucous Gull. Having parked a quick scan of the gull roosts I could see a snowball amoungst the gulls and set off towards the New Lighthouse.

2 for the price of 1, the 1st winter Glaucous was next to the 1st winter Caspian.

Glaucous Gull (left) Caspian Gull (right)

Caspian Gull

Glaucous Gull with friends
  Eventually after throwing some bread the Glaucous flew and then ventured a bit nearer but the Caspian flew off and didn't return.

Glaucous Gull

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