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2016 Report

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19th March

The cold north-east wind continues and with occasional cold drizzle this morning hardly felt like spring.
Migrants on the land remain scarce with just three Firecrests, two Chiffchaffs and a Grey Wagtail of interest.
The first few hours of the day saw some easterly passage with 385 Brent Geese, 204 Red-throated Divers, 20 Fulmars, three Grey Plovers, 14 Black-tailed Godwits (a scarce bird at sea here), a Mediterranean Gull and 12 Sandwich Terns. In the afternoon, a second-winter Caspian Gull was seen in the roost behind the Fish Hut.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   second-winter   Dungeness  19th March 2016 (David Campbell)
Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.