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Local weather


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13th March

A generally slow ninety minute seawatch in a brisk NW breeze produced one Great Skua, Sandwich Tern, Mediterranean Gull plus small numbers of the regular seabird species.
At the Patch yesterday's Caspian Gull was still present keeping the two Iceland Gulls company.
A slight increase in some migrants today with five Black Redstarts, two Wheatears, five Chiffchaffs and three Buzzards in off the sea.
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   13th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)

Black Redstart Phoenicuroides ochruros   Dungeness   13th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)

Five Porpoise were feeding offshore and a Stoat was in the Moat! Butterflies put in a good showing in sheltered spots with ten Small Tortoiseshell and an early Small White.

On the RSPB Reserve the first Swallow of the spring was seen, drake Ring-necked Duck Tanners Pool, three Smew Christmas Dell Hide, two Black-necked Grebe on New Diggings and the escaped drake Hooded Merganser was still on Hookers Pit. At Littlestone 6 Buzzard headed NW and at Lade a Red Kite passed north too.