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1st Jan

There were literally thousands of seabirds feeding offshore again this morning with at least 1600 Cormorants, 600 Gannets, 20,000 Guillemots and 2,000 Razorbills along with four Great Skuas. A few duck also passed through including five Shoveler and 29 Wigeon and gulls also increased with five Caspian Gulls of note.

Gannets Morus bassana    Dungeness   1st January 2019
Just a small part of the flock feeding close inshore this morning

Cormorants Phalacrocorx carbo   Dungeness   1st January 2019

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   cr P:842   Dungeness   1st January 2019
The same bird as yesterday

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter    cr P:E62   Dungeness   1st January 2019
A new bird

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   second-winter   Dungeness 1st January 2019 

Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus   JWM42    first-winter   Dungeness   1st January 2019
This bird was ringed at Anholt in Denmark on 23rd June 2018

A check of the Trapping Area and Desert produced 14 Snipe, five Firecrests and two Chiffchaffs of note.

A Porpoise was feeding offshore.

Running the moth trap proved well worth it with the catching of a Spring Usher - a new species for the Observatory.
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia   Dungenness    1st January 2019
An unexpected  new species for the Observatory.