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10th April

Most of the day was spent seawatching where there was a pretty good easterly movement of birds for several hours. The dominant species in terms of numbers were 939 Brent Goose, 1439 Common Scoters, 1200 Sandwich Terns and 223 Common Terns whilst two Little Terns and seven Arctic Terns were new for the year. Other significant birds included seven Pintails, 31 Shovelers, two Velvet Scoters, singles of Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, a Knot, four Whimbrel, five Arctic Skuas and ten Mediterranean Gulls.
Dark-bellied Brent Geese Branta bernicula   Dungeness   10th April 2016
There was also a surprising occurrence when a flock of Brent Geese passed so close to the shore that one managed to catch itself on a fishing line. A dash down the beach rescued the bird no damage done so it was ringed and then released 

Dark-bellied Brent Goose   Branta bernicula   Dungeness   10th April 2016

The numbers of birds on the land were generally very low but not without quality with a male Pied Flycatcher and two Redstarts at the Long Pits, at least six Blackcaps and three 'Continental' Coal Tits being seen.

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca   Dungeness   10th April 2016   
Seven Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Stoat was seen at the Long Pits.

News also came through in the afternoon of a White Stork which flew over the RSPB Reserve and headed away in a westerly direction.