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2016 Report

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16th Nov

Not a great deal in the way of migrants in the bushes with just ten Fieldfares, four Redwings, a Brambling and a few Redpolls and Siskins passing overhead. Two Merlins were also hunting in the area and five Ravens were also seen.
There was also very little movement offshore with just a Great Skua in the morning of note. In the afternoon there were plenty of birds feeding offshore including 200 Kittiwakes and seven Mediterranean Gulls.

The moth-trap produced an interesting diving beetle - Dytiscus semisulcatus. This is quite a rare beetle on the marsh although it is described as common nationally but perhaps preferring more acidic habitats.


Dytiscus semisulcatus   Dungeness   16th November 2017