On Kingsdown beach in the morning yesterday and today was a flock of about 200 birds, including 43 Mediterranean Gulls and 58 Sandwich Terns.
That number of Med Gulls is unprecedented (to my uncertain knowledge) and confirms their northward spread. The coast around Folkestone Warren traditionally holds up to around 100 birds each year, while individuals regularly spend the winter at a favoured spot, like the ringed one that likes the Margate lawns. The latter has returned again this year, and been photographed by Dylan for Planet Thanet.
Although the distance and light hampered photography, it was apparent that there was an unusually large number of ringed birds in the flock- perhaps a more acute observer could be more precise? One Med Gull had a green ring on the left leg and a metal one on the right.
It was good to spend time watching the flock preening, without disturbance from dog-walkers. When part of the flock flew, it merely circled and returned, spooked by a Herring Gull presumably. Also on the beach....