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Jan 1st

A decent start to the New Year despite the continuing wet and windy weather.
The best of the birds on the land were a Dartford Warbler, three Firecrests and four Stonechats. Seawatching through most of the morning eventually produced some decent totals including a Velvet Scoter, 300 Red-throated Divers, 34 Fulmars, 190 Gannets, 500 Kittiwakes, seven Great Skuas and 550 Guillemots. The regular first-winter Caspian Gull was also showing very well at the fishing boats. 

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   1st January 2018
A Porpoise was feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.

Elsewhere, the first-winter Glaucous Gull was seen on Burrowes and three Great White Egrets came in to roost at ARC. The Long-tailed Duck and Slavonian Grebe remained at Lade Pit.
Slightly further afield an interesting-looking Jackdaw was seen in fields of the west of Lydd which appears to show many characters of the eastern subspecies sommereingii.

Jackdaw Corvus monedula   Lydd   1st January 2018.
This striking individual appears to show many characters of the
 eastern or "Russian" Jackdaw subspecies sommerringii.