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13th Dec

Most of the coverage was at the Point where several hours seawatching produced 295 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, around 800 Gannets, a Little Egret came in, 12 Knot, a first-winter Mediterranean Gull, a Sandwich Tern and a Pomarine Skua. At least one first-winter Caspian Gull was on the beach along with a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull. A Merlin was also hunting around the fishing boats.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   13th December 2019
A Brown Hare was also seen.



Brown Hare Lepus europeaus   Dungeness   13th December 2019
In addition I have just received details of an interesting colour-ringed Herring Gull seen at the Point on the 10th December 2019 which had been ringed as a first-year bird at Tampere, FINLAND on 9th July 2017. It was then seen in Germany and Holland in 2018 and was last seen at Utrecht in Holland on 5th November 2019. I think this is the first Finnish Herring Gull to be recorded at Dungeness.

Herring Gull Larus argentatus   C422A   third-winter   Dungeness    10th December 2019