Dull and breezy again. A three-hour seawatch this morning produced six Shelducks, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Black-throated Diver and a steady westerly stream of auks of note.
On the ringing front I have just had a notification that male Blackcap ringed at the Observatory on 3rd October 2019 was retrapped at Marais-Moisan-Central, Messanges, Landes, FRANCE on 17th October 2019 - a distance of 811km SSW in 14 days.
Elsewhere, the drake Smew, male Hen Harrier and several Great White Egrets were seen on the RSPB Reserve again, at least two Long-tailed Ducks were still present on Scotney and a Black-necked Grebe was on the pit just south of the Lydd Caravan Park. Further afield, 17 Bewick's Swans were still in their usual field at Midley and another two were seen between Snargate and Brenzett.
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Corona Virus Update
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