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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Goring

1.5 hours of seawatching this morning produced a pair of westbound Velvet Scoters, 30 Red-throated Divers, 21 Red-breasted Mergansers, nine Dark-bellied Brent Geese, six Gannets, a Kittiwake, four Great Crested Grebes, four Razorbills and 12 very distant auks. Other than 22 Ringed Plovers, the high tide wader roost didn't really materialise for some reason or other but seven Mediterranean Gulls were strewn among the loafing gulls: four adults, two second-winters and - most interestingly - a first-winter bearing a white darvic ring on its left leg with the black code '332H'. Thanks to information from Camille Duponcheel, the bird was ringed as a pullus at Anterwerpen, Belgium, on 17th June last year. Sanderlings, Dunlin, Turnstones and Grey Plovers were present but not fully counted. The improving conditions encouraged a Buzzard to soar over the area and other sightings included a Chiffchaff, one of the wintering Stonechats, five Skylarks and a Kestrel. Last but not least, I finally logged a patch Jackdaw - heard calling beyond the north side of the Gap.

2cy Mediterranean Gull '332H'