The "highlight" of the day was the Stejneger's Stonechat which finally entered the Observatory recording area and thus unto the Observatory list. Other small birds of note included a Snow Bunting over the Point and two Chiffchaffs in the bushes. Two Marsh Harriers were also hunting over the Long Pits where four Gadwall were feeding there.
The sea provided similar fare to recent days with large numbers of Red-throated Divers and Guillemots, another two Gadwall, 35 Teal, a Great Skua and a Mediterranean Gull and a minor surprise of a Little Egret coming in from the east. Two of the regular first-winter Caspian Gulls were loafing around the Point.
|Stejneger's Stonechat Saxicola maura (stejnegeri) Dungeness 2nd January 2017|