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8th March

A few birds moved east offshore including five Canada Geese, two Shelducks, three Eiders, three Velvet Scoters and a few Brent Geese and Red-throated Divers and three Mediterranean Gulls flew west. Two Firecrests were seen in the bushes, two Black Redstarts were seen around the power station and a Grey Wagtail flew over. A Jack Snipe and four Common Snipe were flushed from the damp areas east of the Long Pits.

I have just received details of an interesting Chiffchaff recovery. It was ringed at Dungeness on 18th October 2015 and flew into a house and then released at Sete, Beja, Portugal on 14th January 2016. A distance of 1637km SSW.