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15th Nov

A walk around the area this morning was almost birdless with just two Chiffchaffs of interest but a short seawatch in mid-morning was productive for one observer with a Great Northern Diver and 150 Mediterranean Gulls moving west. However, the day came to life in the late-afternoon with the unlikely finding of a first-winter Dotterel which dropped onto the beach by the fishing boats and remained until dark. A check of the gulls at the same time produced three Caspian Gulls (two first-winters and a second-winter). 

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus   Dungeness   15th November 2016
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans (1)  first-winter   Dungeness   15th November 2016


Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans  (2)  first-winter   Dungeness    15th November 2016
Elsewhere, the Ring-necked Duck and Cattle Egret were still at the first pool alongside the RSPB access track and a Long-eared Owl has returned to last winters roost behind the Dipping Pond.