Caspian Gull ~ 1st. W ~ Dungeness, Kent - 24.09.16

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Wind direction had swung around to SSE on a in-coming tide which resulted in a increase in gull numbers ..
Even with this rise in bird numbers it was a slow afternoon, with a few YLG's and LBBG's being the highlights and no new ringed birds either ...

17:30 and a birder from Hampshire, Ted P came over and seconds later a Caspian appeared ...

Caspian Gull ~ Juvenile ~ Dungeness, Kent - 29.08.16

Friday, 2 September 2016

This was the 2nd Caspian Gull of the day for the Bank Holiday Monday 29th, It was found on the 28th ..
The bird came in just a little after 18:00 ..
Another nice Juvenile Caspian, a big bulky bird and not the most obvious Caspian as the head was big, round shaped plus the bill wasn't particularly long either ..

When at rest, standing, sitting and as it seemed especially on the water it just didn't standout at all ..
The Greater and Medium Coverts were fringed fairly heavily with light cream making it blend in against the Herring Gulls ..


Caspian Gull ~ Juv/1st.W ~ Dungeness, Kent - 29.08.16

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Calm South East winds 5/6mph and low tide upon arrival ..
Broken cloud with sunny spells and best of all next to nobody about !!
The gulls slowly began to gather to c.120 not exactly fantastic but a little after 4pm and this Caspian made an appearance which is the 4th bird for August ...

Parallel sided bill, long, gently curved upper

Some 2nd gen Scapulars replaced

Solid Terials with white thumbnail tips

Pale under-wing and neck shaul

Finely barred tail and non tapering solid band

Greater coverts seem a bit heavily marked could be within variation or influence from another ...

Upper tail pattern with circular larger outer markings with finer inner

Dropped vent

Venetian blinds

Secondaries giving a nice dark trailing edge to wing

All together a very smart bird ..

Caspian Gull ~ Juv ~ Dungeness, Kent - 28.08.16

Sunday, 28 August 2016

South-Westerly winds today and this probably was the cause for a lot less gulls around the fishing boats ..
An Adult and 3 juvvy type YLG's also a small reasonably long winged LBBG which was baltic looking ..

Later in the afternoon I was joined by ML & DW who drew my attention to this following bird in the sitting position ..
It wouldn't stand up or move, prefering to go to sleep but when it did finally move it flew out to sea then sat on the water and drifted a mile away not to be seen again ..

Caspian Gull ~ Juvenile