19th January

A bright and sunny but very cold day and with much of the Long Pits and flooded areas covered in a thick layer of ice.
A couple of checks of the bushes produced two Jack Snipe, ten Common Snipe and two Woodcock whilst a Slavonian Grebe on the southern Long Pit was a very unusual sighting for the Observatory (most birds are usually seen offshore). A flock of c50 White-fronted Geese also flew SE over the area and quickly out to sea.
The first-winter Caspian Gull and Glaucous Gulls were both showing well on the beach at the Point and an adult Little Gull was feeding offshore as were large numbers of Guillemots and a few Razorbills.



Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus   Long Pits, Dungeness   19th January 2016