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19th Oct

Grounded migrants were scarce but there was an excellent diurnal migration and a very good offshore movement. the clear highlight of the day was a super juvenile Sabine's Gull which appeared around midday and spent the rest of the day feeding along the beach between the fishing boats and the boardwalk. Other notable seabirds included a Velvet Scoter, 958 Gannets, 29 Little Gulls, ten Mediterranean Gulls, 510 Sandwich Terns, 11 Great Skuas and 29 Arctic Skuas and 42 Razorbills.
The visible migration was dominated by 7700 Goldfinches along with two Marsh Harriers, 47 Stock Doves. a Wood Lark, 34 Skylarks, 370 Swallows, a Rock Pipit, a Grey Wagtail, six Siskins and eight Reed Buntings.

Sabine's Gull Xema sabini   juvenile   Dungeness   19th October 2019

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.