3rd Nov

The day started with a spectacular sunrise and a fairly hard frost which gave way to a bright, sunny and virtually windless day.

The land seemed almost devoid of birds but a small catch of redpolls in the morning consisted of five Lessers and two of the much scarcer Common Redpoll (one of which is shown below.) A Woodcock was also flushed from the moat. The Dartford Warbler and Ring Ouzel were also seen again.


Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea   Dungeness   3rd November 2016
Given the calm conditions it was something of a surprise to find that the sea was really the place to be. Six hours of watching produced a Light-bellied Brent Geese, a Goldeneye, a Great Northern Diver, nine Sooty Shearwaters (all heading east in the afternoon), a Great Skua, 35 Mediterranean and five Little Gulls feeding offshore and three Little Auks amongst nearly 3000 Razorbill/Guillemot of note.

Five Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen in the land.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was feeding in the moat.

A Cattle Egret (re)appeared near Boulderwall Farm on the RSPB Reserve in the afternoon and a Goshawk was seen at Dengemarsh during the morning.