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27th Apr

A mammoth ten-hour seawatching session in what seemed like decent conditions produced a few decent birds with 493 Common Scoters, six Velvet Scoters, 11 Manx Shearwaters, 55 Whimbrel, 103 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Great Skuas, 13 Arctic Skuas, two Little Gulls, 804 "commic" Terns and four Little Terns of note.
It was fairly disappointing on the land with the one highlight of a Pied Flycatcher at the Long Pits along with a few "Greenland" Wheatears although there are plenty of Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Lesser Whitethroats in the area.
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca   Dungeness   27th April 2018
I have also just received details of a Goldfinch (Y527583) ringed here on 29th October 2017 and controlled by another ringer at Thornton, Merseyside on 17th April 2018.

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares were seen on the land.