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2016 Report

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16th Apr

A clearer morning at last but it remains fairly slow on the land but with a steady trickle of birds east offshore throughout the day.
A few migrants in the bushes included just two Firecrests, ten Willow Warblers and three Lesser Whitethroats of note and ten Swallows and two Yellow Wagtails passed overhead. A Cetti's Warbler also trapped.
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti   Dungeness   16th April 2018
A spring capture is quite unusua herel.
Jackdaw Corvus monedula   Dungeness   16th April 2018
Last year this species bred in the area for the first time since 1966 and this pair are breeding in the same chimney.. 
Over eight hours of seawatching produced five Eiders, 540 Common Scoters, a Manx Shearwater, 22 Great Skuas, nine Arctic Skuas and nine Little Gulls of note but overall numbers were fairly low.

At least 20 Porpoises were feeding offshore.