1st winter Iceland Gull.
Yesterday morning the 3rd December i went to Ramsgate Harbour to hopefully see : Iceland Gull, Purple Sandpiper & Snow Bunting !!!
I bumped into 3 other birders there and none of them had seen the Iceland Gull but Purple Sandpiper & Snow Bunting had been seen.
I went to the furthest point beyond the cafe on the East Pier and managed to see 2 Purple Sandpipers which were a very welcome addition to my year list .
2 Purple Sandpipers.
I was really pleased to see these birds as i keep missing/dipping the Hampton one, i had missed the 3 Snow Buntings on 2 occasions as they kept getting flushed, however Turnstones are much more confiding and present great photo opportunity's.
Later in the morning whilst talking to Mike.G. near the cafe i picked out the 1st winter Iceland Gull near the fishing boats back by the slipway , we made our way around there and enjoyed some very close views of this superb bird.
On checking my records the Iceland Gull is a new bird for my Thanet Bird List, here are a selection of the many photos i took.