Gull Spectacular

Yesterday[Jan 15] the seas off the Country Park and Rock-a-Nore were alive with gulls. From the first glimmerings of light they could be seen feeding close inshore , moving slowly west. Between 0730 and 0930 I estimated 3000 Black Headed and 1000 Common Gulls, but counted a remarkable 650 Kittiwakes , by far the largest number Ive seen here, once again underlining the importance of these waters for winter seabirds.

In addition 5 Mediterranean Gulls [A lot for mid January], 13 Red Throated Divers, 18 auks, 32 Gannets and 10 Wigeon flew west, and a Razorbill was close inshore.

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One response to “Gull Spectacular

  1. Have been watching the sea from the comfort of a house in St Leonards overlooking the sea. Yesterday (15th) we had a similar selection of species to Alan but much smaller numbers – although the Kittiwakes were difficult to estimate because there were up to 100 feeding offshore for quite some time. Additionally, 2 Slavonian Grebes drifted east rapidly on the sea. Today (16th), I (and Carol my wife for some of the time) watched for 2 hours from 08h05. In the first hour there were 367 Razorbills, 113 Guillemots, 106 Kittiwakes, 68 Gannets, 39 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar & 4 Curlew, all heading west. In the second hour there were 240 Razorbills, 35 Guillemots, 75 Kittiwakes, 39 Gannets, 26 Red-throated Divers, 3 Fulmars, 20 Common Scoters, 4 Shelduck & 2 Wigeon heading west, with 3 Brent Geese heading east. Later on, at about 13h00 there were still small numbers of Razorbills, Guillemots, Gannets & Fulmars heading west, and about 60 Kittiwakes were milling about undecidedly. Two pairs of Shovelers landed on the sea, drifted east and then twice flew back to land in the same spot – I don’t know what was so special about that patch of sea.

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