4th Mar

With the wind dropping and the temperature rising there was a bit of a spring feel to the day and this was reflected offshore where there there was a decent up-channel of birds during the day.
The highlights were seven Eider, 18 Red-breasted Mergansers, 400 Red-throated Divers, a Great Skua, 372 Kittiwakes, 11 Little Gulls and the first three Sandwich Terns of the year and the regular Glaucous Gull on the beach or feeding within the power station grounds.
A Fieldfare and four Reed Buntings were also seen.

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus   Dungeness   4th March 2018
In addition, a strikingly small and very dark adult "Lesser Black-backed Gull" was seen at the Patch and appeared to be a good candidate for a Baltic Gull Larus fuscus. Unfortunately the main identification feature required for acceptance, a Finnish colour-ring, was missing.

Small and very dark adult Lesser Black-backed or Baltic Gull.
Dungeness   4th March 2018
Porpoise was feeding offshore.