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31st Dec

Flat calm and murky conditions and thousands of birds feeding offshore with at least 117 Red-throated Divers, 400 Gannets, 2,500 Cormorants, 22,000 Guillemots, 1,200 Razorbills and a Great Skua. A colour-ringed first-winter Caspian Gull reappeared on the beach having been last seen on 6th December along with a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   colour-ringed P:842   Dungeness   31st December 2018
This bird was also seen on 6th December and was originally ringed as a nestling in Poland on 29th May 2018.
Cormorants Phalacrocorax carbo   Dungeness   31st December 2018
Just a small part of the huge numbers feeding offshore.

Guillemots Uria aalge and Razorbllls Alca torda   Dungeness   31st december 2018
Huge numbers were feeding offshore and passing through. Despite plenty of searching a Brunnich's Guillemot could not be found!!
A Common Seal was also feeding offshore.

With the warm and calm conditions overnight a moth trap was put out and attracted a single Winter Moth.