A sunny and mild day that at times put on hold the notion of the end of summer.

A brief but welcome Dartford Warbler livened up a sluggish day at DBO, this female/immature playing hide-and-seek in the large stand of gorse out in the desert.

Highlight was left until the fag-end of the afternoon, when I joined Dave W, Martin and Richard on the beach to observe the regular baiting for gulls that is carried out by Mick S and Richard S. A most showy first-winter Caspian Gull was a delight (even I could manage this individual) this bird spending quite a bit of time in our company, allowing close flight views and settling on the beach well within range of our assortment of cameras. See 'Ploddingbirder' and the Dungeness Bird Observatory blog/website for the images - mine will have to wait until I return home.

A single Red Admiral and Hummingbird Hawk-moth were also recorded.


Derek Faulkner said…
What's "baiting for gulls" -surely they're not copying that awful thing where people throw out meat every day to attract loads of Red Kites.

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