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2016 Report

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14th March

The highlight of the morning was when a Serin flew out of the Old Lighthouse garden calling then headed inland towards the Observatory but sadly could not be re-found. Few land migrants were in evidence with just a female Black Redstart, male Wheatear and three Chiffchaffs. The sea was particularly quiet too with two Sandwich Tern and a few small groups of Brent Geese heading east. At the Patch numbers of gulls had doubled from yesterday subsequently two new 1st winter Caspian Gulls were found also two Mediterranean Gulls and the regular two Iceland Gulls.
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   14th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides   Dungeness   14th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   14th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus   Dungeness   14th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)

Raven Corvus corax   Dungeness   14th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)
Five Porpoise were feeding offshore, on land four Small Tortoiseshell were encountered and the overnight moth trap contained twelve Hebrew Character and a Common Quaker.

On the RSPB Reserve the Two Long-eared Owl were still by the dipping pool, drake Ring-necked Duck on Tanner's Pool, three Black-necked and two Slavonian Grebe on New Diggings.