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25th Feb

Another calm, bright and sunny day though not as warm as some of the weather forecasts would have us believe. The obvious highlight of the day was a Hooded Crow which flew in from the west, fed on the beach at the fishing boats for a while before heading north along the coast. It was relocated on the beach at Lade but it then continued to make its way north and was eventually lost from view as it flew towards St.Mary's Bay.
A Buzzard, a Chiffchaff, two Firecrests, 11 Stonechats and a Redpoll were the best of the rest on the land and a Sparrowhawk was caught and ringed.
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus   first-winter male   Dungeness   25th February 2019

Seawatching was pretty slow although 574 Brent Geese, eight Shovelers and 13 Sandwich Terns were noteworthy.

Two Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock butterfly were seen.

A Brown Hare and a Grey Seal were seen.