1st April

After all the Firecrests of the last few days a total of 18 today seemed very small - in a normal year this would have been an above-average spring peak! Other grounded migrants were pretty scarce in the very clear conditions but three new 'Continental' Coal Tits were ringed and nine Goldcrests were also seen. There was a trickle of overhead passage with a Swallow, five Bramblings and five Siskins of note. 

'Continental' Coal Tit Periparus ater ater   Dungeness   1st April 2016
Seawatching was also extremely quiet but a juvenile/first-winter Iceland Gull was seen at the Patch this evening.

Eight Porpoises were feeding offshore.

Elsewhere, during the week a Tundra Bean Goose was seen at Dengemarsh, up to six Smew have been seen on the Boulderwall Pools and the two Black-necked and two Slavonian Grebes have been regularly seen on New Diggings. Of the migrants there have been a few Swallows around the various pits, the first Yellow Wagtails have been seen at Scotney and a Sedge Warbler has been singing near the Dengemarsh Hide.