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5th Mar

Another wet and windy morning prevented much coverage of anything other than the sea although a Black Redstart was seen near the Lifeboat Station and the Grey Wagtail was still feeding around the waste treatment unit in the power station.
Seawatching was fairly uneventful except for 40 Fulmars heading west, two Great Skuas heading east and large numbers of Gannets
The two regular Iceland Gulls were feeding at the Patch again and the regular Caspian Gull at the fishing boats was joined by a new, Polish-ringed first-winter individual. A first-winter and a second-winter Yellow-legged Gull were also seen.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter    Dungeness  5th March 2017
A new Polish-ringed bird.
Three Porpoises were also feeding offshore and a Peacock butterfly was seen in one of better spells of weather.