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2016 Report

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5th Dec

A return to wet and windy conditions but this time producing a memorable five hour seawatch. There were several highlights with the birds of the day being a Black Guillemot and a remarkable total of  seven Puffins. There was considerable back up in the form of a Long-tailed Duck, two Velvet Scoters, a flock of eight Goosanders, singles of Black-throated and Great Northern Diver and a Grey Phalarope. Numbers were provided by 587 Gannets, 346 Kittiwakes, 673 Guillemots, 160 Razorbills and 266 auk sp. Gulls were also a notable feature with a Little Gull, two Mediterranean Gulls, three Yellow-legged Gulls and two first-winter Caspian Gulls. A late Sandwich Tern was also seen.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   5th December 2018
Colour-ringed 365:U from the Czech Republic.
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   5th December 2018
An unringed bird.
Caspian Gulls Larus cachinnans   first-winters   Dungeness   5th December 2018
Both individuals in this shot.
 A Common Seal and a Porpoise were also feeding offshore.

A Dark Swordgrass moth was trapped overnight.

The Hume's Warbler at Lade was seen again.