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4th Sep

Despite the seemingly decent conditions there were only small numbers of grounded migrants and just a trickle of birds overhead. Of note were 20 Blackcaps, three Grey Wagtails and a Tree Pipit.
There were seven Mediterranean Gulls and five Black Terns feeding at the Patch this morning and in the afternoon at least 20 Mediterranean Gulls flew north past the fishing boats in a loose feeding frenzy with Sandwich Terns. Three Arctic Skuas were also loitering offshore whilst a first-year Caspian Gull made a short visit to the offerings of bread.


Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-year   Dungeness   4th September.
At least 15 Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Three Cattle Egrets were seen on the RSPB Reserve again.