23.11.19 Caspian Gulls

Despite a forecast of heavy rain and high winds, it was in fact relatively dry with a light to moderate south easterly. Although that did little in terms of birds on the ground it did produce a sudden arrival of Caspian Gulls to South East Britain. JP and I visited the Hollow, Cow Gap, Old Trapping Area, Birling Gap and Belle Tout.


3rd win Caspian Gull passing east at Birling Gap (photo. JP)

This bird looks very similar (being mostly black billed) to a 3rd winter bird watched by Matt Eade earlier in the Cuckmere, where he had 5 that morning. A further 11 were seen at Dungeness.


3rd win. Caspian Gull following on from a 1st winter – both my first at Beachy Head. (photo JP)

Two Caspian Gull (1st and 3rd winters) passing east Birling Gap, mostly amongst a passage of Great black backed Gulls, were the only highlights of a late autumn morning. In terms of passerines there were 2 Firecrest in Cow Gap, and about 10 Goldcrest and 3 Chiffchaff across all sites, a Black Redstart was at Birling Gap. Of note I saw my latest ever Swallow flying east along the cliffs at Rottingdean on the 21st.


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