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9th Dec

The Patch was the place to be this morning with at least six Caspian Gulls (two adults, a third-winter, a second-winter and two first-winters) present and a Great Skua flew west off the fishing boats.

Elsewhere, the Ring-necked Duck remains on the pool near Boulderwall Farm and the Long-eared Owl was showing again in the bushes behind the Dipping Pool on the RSPB Reserve. A Caspian Gull was also roosting on Burrowes. The Black-throated Diver was still present on the pool to the west of Lydd Caravan Park and two Dartford Warblers were showing in the Kerton Road Triangle. Further afield, a small flock of Bewick's Swans are feeding in fields near Newlands Farm which are coming into ARC to roost.

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris   male   RSPB Reserve   9th December 2016
Black-throated Diver Gavia arctic   Scotney   9th December 2016