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24th April

Another cold day and very little in the way of new migrants on the land but a steady trickle of birds east offshore. Over eight hours of seawatching eventually resulted in some decent totals with three Eiders, a Manx Shearwater, 27 Whimbrel, three Pomarine Skuas, four Arctic Skuas, 12 Great Skuas, two Mediterranean Gulls and a Black Tern of note.

An unexpected sighting over the land was of a party of two Barnacle Geese and a Tundra Bean Geese which flew out to the Point before returning inland and followed later in the day by a further party of four Barnacle Geese. A Grey Wagtail was also an unusual record at this time of year.

At least ten Porpoises were feeding offshore.

One of the botanical features of Dungeness at this time of year is the prostrate form of Blackthorn Prunus spinosa which is now flowering and forming spiky carpets of white..
Prostrate form of Blackthorn at the Long Pits 24th April 2016