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Migration Time.

1st Oct

The morning saw another decent movement of birds offshore and overhead but not a great deal in the way of grounded migrants. Six hours of seawatching produced 690 Gannets, six Golden Plovers, five Bar-tailed Godwits, a Little Gull, 430 Sandwich Terns, a Great Skua and 97 Arctic Skuas. Birds passing overhead included 2000 Swallow, 1850 House Martins, four Grey Wagtails, 1100 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, 32 Chaffinches, 180 Linnets, 16 Goldfinches and ten Reed Buntings. A Firecrest and four Wheatears were the best of the grounded migrants.

A colour-ringed Sandwich Tern was seen on the beach and appears to have been ringed in northern Scotland. An image of this bird is shown below:
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis    with colour ring   Dungeness   1st October 2019
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.