12th March

An hours seawatch just after dawn in almost calm conditions was quiet as expected with just a few wildfowl moving including 25 Brent Geese, 46 Common Scoter and 69 Pintail. Also of note was a Sandwich Tern west and a Caspian Gull east. At the Patch the two Iceland Gulls were still in residence plus an adult Mediterranean Gull and a new Caspian Gull which later relocated to the Fishing Boats and showed well with two Yellow-legged Gulls.
With the very light southerly breeze a small arrival of passerines was witnessed around the Old Lighthouse area including two male Black Redstart, female Wheatear, seven Chiffchaff and in the Trapping/Long Pits area two Firecrests.
After dark a constant stream of Redwing could be heard calling as they migrated north.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   12th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)


 
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   12th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)


Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis   Dungeness   12th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis   Dungeness   12th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)
With the flat calm sea a good count of seventeen Porpoise was noted, on land a Stoat and Bank Vole were seen, Slow Worm near the Long Pits and surprisingly given the lovely sunny weather a queen White-tailed Bumblebee was the only insect of interest. In the moth trap two Hebrew Character.


On the RSPB Reserve the escaped drake Hooded Merganser was again present on Hookers Pit, three Smew including one drake from Christmas Dell Hide, six Black-necked and two Slavonian Grebe on New Diggings.