28th Mar

Thick fog hampered the mornings proceedings but once it cleared there was a decent upchannel movement of bird and a very small arrival of birds on the land with ten Chiffchaffs, five Black Redstarts (four ringed) and a Yellowhammer of note.
Nearly five hours of seawatching produced 1980 Brent Geese, nine Pintails, 1100 Common Scoters, an excellent total of 32 Velvet Scoters, an Eider and nine Red-breasted Mergansers, 228 Red-throated and one Black-throated Diver, a Great Skua, 14 Mediterranean Gulls, 31 Little Gulls and 180 Sandwich Terns of note. The two first-winter Iceland Gulls were still feeding at the Patch and in the evening a first-winter Glaucous Gull came to the fish scraps offered on the beach below the fishing boats.



Glaucous Gull   Larus hyperboreus   1w   Dungeness   28th March 2017
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros   Dungeness    28th March 2017
Seven Porpoises were also seen.