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12th April

A nice little of arrival of migrants with the first Grasshopper Warbler and Nightingale of the spring being the highlights (neither were recorded last year) and some decent numbers of commoner species including 30 Willow Warblers, 45 Chiffchaffs, 24 Blackcaps, two Whitethroats, four Redstarts and 16 Wheatears.

Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia   Dungeness   12th April 2016
The sea was watched for most of the day and although fairly quiet eventually produced good totals of 15 Shovelers, 573 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, five Black-throated Divers, three Whimbrels, ten Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas, 26 Little Gulls and ten Arctic Terns.

At least 13 Porpoises were feeding in the flat calm waters this evening.