Black velvet band

The West Hill devoid of birdlife this morning, a bitter ene wind carrying flurries of snow and the temperature just on freezing.

Off the Marina later a party of three Velvet Scoters were riding the battleship grey sea, a drake and two ducks. A Curlew passed east along with singles of Common Scoter, Common and Black-headed Gull, two Great Black-backed Gulls and a pair of adult ‘fuscus’ or ‘intermedius’ Lesser Black-backed gulls which were seen again, settled on the water beyond Goat Ledge.

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