|Common Eider Somateria mollissima Dungeness 30th March 2018|
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The day began with a fresh easterly breeze and a decent movement of birds offshore but this came to an abrupt halt when rain arrived from 1100hrs and then continued for much of the day. A 3.5hr seawatch before the rain came produced a number of wildfowl including 99 Brent Geese, 22 Shovelers, 26 Teal, eight Eiders, 978 Common Scoters and a Velvet Scoter. Gannets moved through in large numbers with 410 counted and other notable bits included 26 Sanderling, three Arctic Skuas, three Mediterranean Gulls, 26 Little Gulls, 100 Sandwich Terns and the first four Common Terns of the spring.
At least six Porpoises were feeding offshore.