A moderate NNW breeze this am and the first morning I’ve needed a jumper this autumn!

1st Winter Female Ring Ouzel

2 Ring ouzels (one in Langdon Hole, the other flying out over the sea along the cliffs, Spotted Flycatcher,Swift, Firecrest, 4 whinchat, Common Redstart, Black Redstart. A notable increase in Stonechats, Decent Numbers of Meadow pipits & hirundines but unfortunately it looks like I missed the big numbers y’day.

The Gull bonanza thats been going on in the beach and harbour area seems to have finished now and numbers are down. Here are some of the other Caspian gulls that i saw since the last post.

A small, female Caspian gull still basically in juvenile plumage

2nd winter Caspian Gull

A different 1CY Caspian gull

Deal beach too seems productive with lots of turn over and rarely the same bird seen over two days. I had 2 nice proper first winter Caspian Gulls this evening; a Large male and a smaller female type.

Large Male Caspian Gull

Smaller Female Caspian Gull

Ive actually never seen so many different 1CY Caspian gulls at this particular time of year before, theres such a range from almost juv-like brown birds to very white headed, grey mantled individuals. Really enjoying the numbers!

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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