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Local weather


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4th Apr

A similar day to yesterday with a steady stream of birds moving east offshore and a few migrants on the land.

Another nine hours coverage of the sea produced 625 Brent Geese, two Pintails, 16 Eiders (one flock of drakes), 2808 Common Scoters and eight Red-breasted Mergansers, 150 Red-throated and one Black-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe, 35 Little Gulls, 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 631 Sandwich Terns, 39 Common Terns, three Great Skuas and seven Arctic Skuas.

Chiffchaffs dominated in terms of numbers in the bushes with a total of 35 birds seen along with a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap and ten Firecrests. At least three Bramblings were visiting the feeders again. 

Bramblings Fringilla montifringilla   Dungeness   4th April 2018
Couldn't resist another go photographing these very smart birds.
It was also a good days for mammals with six Porpoises and a Grey Seal feeding offshore and two Bank Voles, a Brown Hare and a Stoat being seen on the land.
Bank Vole Clethrionomys glareolus   Dungeness   4th April 2018