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7th Nov

A very interesting day with a sizable and varied movement offshore and a scatter of migrants arriving on the land.

A Yellow-browed Warbler was found in the afternoon in the garden of Southview Cottage and a Woodcock was caught in the moat. A few thrushes also arrived, two Firecrests and a Bullfinch were seen in the trapping area and 5930 Starlings passed through.

Coverage of the sea for most of the day produced a decent movement of ducks and waders and several unusual birds. The highlight was a Grey Phalarope but also of note were a very late Black Tern along with 12 Sandwich Terns and 20 Mediterranean Gulls. Ducks seen included 156 Wigeon, two Gadwall, 152 Teal, 92 Pintail and eight Red-breasted Mergansers and a Grey Plover, 110 Dunlins, a Redshank, a Snipe and a Great Skua were also seen. Two Yellow-legged Gulls were also lingering offshore. 

Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius   Dungeness  7th November 2017
Mediterranean Gulls Larus melanocephalus   Dungeness   7th November 2017

Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis   Dungeness   7th November 2017
Teal Anas crecca   Dungeness   7th November 2017
A Grey Seal was feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the beach.