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With a light SSE wind which veered to the SSW during the day the beach was the place to be. A mammoth 13 hour seawatching session produced 168 Brent Geese, four Garganey, 15 Eiders, 711 Common and eight Velvet Scoters, seven Red-breasted Mergansers, 80 Red-throated and four Black-throated Divers, 38 Manx Shearwaters, 229 Gannets, 141 Whimbrels, 65 Bar-tailed Godwits, an excellent total of 82 Great Skuas, 28 Arctic Skuas, 125 Little Gulls, 891 Sandwich Terns, 831 "Commic" Terns and 62 identified Arctic Terns. A Merlin was also seen over the sea. The land was almost totally lacking in any migrants.
EiderSomateria mollissima Dungeness 17th April 2018
At least ten Porpoise were also feeding offshore and a party of four unidentified dolphins was also seen.