29th Mar

A generally quiet day on both land and sea.

The first Sand Martin of the year was seen along with a Swallow, two Firecrests, 11 Chiffchaffs, three Song Thrushes, four Wheatears and a Siskin

The best of the seawatching were just six Pintails, five Velvet Scoters and 100 Red-throated DiversThe two Iceland Gulls and two Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the Patch again but the most striking bird there was this aberrant first-winter Common Gull



Common Gull Larus canus   firstiwnter  abb   Dungeness   29th March 2017
Some ppor quality shots taken at long range in poor light over the Patch but they do show how distinctive this individual was.
A Grey Seal was seen.

A handful of moths trapped overnight included this Red Chestnut. A Hummingbird Hawk-moth also made a brief appearance in the Observatory garden.

Red Chestnut  Ceratis rubricosa   Dungeness   29th March 2017