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11th Jan

A first-winter Caspian Gull and an odd-looking Great Black-backed Gull were seen at the fishing boats and Guillemots continue to feed offshore in good numbers. There were also at least 90 Kittiwakes and two Great Skuas seen. Cormorants continue to be seen in huge numbers with over 3,500 seen today.
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   11th January 2019 
 (Image by James Dickerson)
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus   Dungeness   11th January 2019
An odd-looking individual.
A search of the Trapping Area and Long Pits was fairly unproductive but a party of five Long-tailed Tits were found.

Two Grey Seals were also seen.