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2016 Report

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22nd April

Another cold and breezy day meant more seawatching but not much to be seen on the land other than two Ring Ouzels. Over six hours of observations from the hides produced four Teal, four Shovelers, ten Red-breasted Mergansers, a Manx Shearwater, five Arctic Skuas, a Pomarine Skua, three Great Skuas and four Mediterranean Gulls of note.

At least ten Porpoises were feeding offshore.

Elsewhere around the peninsula many of the summer migrants have now made an appearance with a few Common Sandpipers, Swifts and Cuckoos now being seen at the Reserve where the Tundra Bean Goose remains and has been joined by a Bar-headed Goose. A Red-crested Pochard was at Dengemarsh this morning. At least two each of both Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes can be seen at ARC or New Diggings. The wader passage has also been a feature on the Reserve with a steady flow of Bar-tailed Godwits and Whimbrels moving through along with small numbers of Greenshanks.