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3rd Apr

With the southerly breeze continuing to blow there was another excellent movement of birds offshore and a small arrival of migrants on the land.

The sea was watched for just under 12 hours with numbers totally dominated by 2483 Brent Geese and 2088 Common Scoters and with quality in the form of a Garganey, two Pintails, seven Eider, two Goldeneyes, the first three Black-throated Divers of the spring, a Shag, a Great Skua, an excellent 20 Arctic Skuas, 36 Mediterranean Gulls, 34 Little Gulls and 35 Common Terns.

Chiffchaffs were the main species involved on the land with 35 being seen along with three Willow Warblers, two Blackcaps, four Firecrests and a Bullfinch. Two Rock Pipits and a Siskin flew over while three Bramblings visited the feeders in the trapping area.

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla   Dungeness   3rd April 2018
top two images - female
bottom two images - male
At least four Porpoises were feeding offshore..