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2016 Report

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6th Dec

After the riches of yesterday the sea seemed a bit disappointing this morning but in fact there were actually more birds to be seen but just lacked any rarer ducks and auks. A four- hour watch this morning produced a Red-breasted Merganser, 292 Red-throated Divers, 772 Gannets, a Great Skua flying into the bay, three Mediterranean Gulls, 122 Kittiwakes, 718 Guillemots, 281 Razorbills and 925 auk sp. In addition, on the beach was another colour-ringed first-winter Caspian Gull and two Yellow-legged Gulls


Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   6th December 2018
This will probably turn out to be a Polish-ringed bird. 




Gannets Morus bassana   Dungeness   6th December 2018
For much of the morning there was a huge feeding flock of Cormorants
 and these attracted large numbers of Gannets at times.  
A Common Seal, a Grey Seal and at least one Porpoise was feeding close inshore.

A Satellite was the only moth trapped overnight.

Elsewhere, the Hume's Warbler was seen again at Lade Pit and a Cattle Egret was seen in the fields at Boulderwall.