A cold day with fresh NW winds, some rain and not much to be seen. Seawatching continues to provide good numbers of Mediterranean Gull and Sandwich Terns along with single Great and Arctic Skuas and a few Brent Geese and auks passing through. A third-year Yellow-legged Gull was also on the beach at the fishing boats.
Very quiet on the land except for 30 Goldcrests in the trapping area and 15 Redpolls overhead.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Elsewhere, Cattle Egrets and Great White Egrets continue to be seen in good around the Reserve and coming in to roost at ARC each evening. Caspian Gulls and Yellow-legged Gulls are appearing in the evening roost on Burrowes. A few Ring Ouzels have been seen around the Reserve and in Lydd and several Dartford Warblers have appeared across the peninsula this week.
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Corona Virus Update
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