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16th Mar

Another very windy and occasionally wet day. Seawatching was the main feature again with 4.5hrs of observations producing 612 Brent Geese up-channel and a Shelduck, two Mallard, 164 Fulmars, 305 Gannets and seven Great Skuas. The Czech-ringed Caspian Gull and three Yellow-legged Gulls were among the masses of gulls feeding along the shoreline.


Great Skua Stercorarius skua   Dungeness   16th December 2019
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The land was barely covered in the poor conditions but a Merlin and a White Wagtail were seen near the Lifeboat Station.

There was an obvious increase in Porpoise numbers with at least ten feeding off the fishing boats. A Common Seal was also present.

I have also just received details of one of our Lesser Redpolls ringed here on 28th October 2017 and seen again at Whitehead, Antrim, Northern Ireland on 20th February 2019. A duration of 480 days and a distance travelled of 619km.