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11th March

A misty start to this mornings seawatch, fortunately visibility soon improved and so did the sightings with a good passage east of 1090 Brent Geese, 168 Common Scoter, two Garganey, 30 Pintail, 22 Red-throated Divers, four Mediterranean Gulls, a single Sandwich Tern and just one Iceland Gull at the Patch.
With the southerly breeze land sightings improved too with a Marsh Harrier south along the point then out to sea, the first Wheatear of the spring plus a Black Redstart and two Chiffchaffs.
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis   Dungeness   11th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)
Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe   Dungeness   11th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)

Black Redstart Phoenicuroides ochruros   Dungeness   11th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)

Three Porpoise were feeding offshore. Four Hebrew Character and a Agonopterix heracliana in the moth trap other insects of note were; four Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock Butterfly, Queen Red-tailed Bumblebee, Pine Ladybird and ten Gorse Shieldbug noted.

Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus   Dungeness   11th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)
An Alpine Swift was seen by four lucky observers flying SW over Cook's Pit at 0930am, other highlights from the RSPB Reserve were; four Garganey, two Smew, drake Ring-necked Duck, five Great White Egret, two Long-eared Owl, two Slavonian and Black-necked Grebe on New Diggings. Lydd Army Camp held a Black Redstart and at Denge Marsh Gully two Chiffchaff.