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The Trustees.

1st Jan

Firstly, we wish a very Happy New Year to all our Friends and followers.

The year started well enough the catching of a Firecrest in the Heligoland Trap - not a bad bird to get the years ringing off and running. Two Goldcrests were also in the moat and another Firecrest was seen at the Long Pits.

Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla    Dungeness   1st Janauary 2020   (Images by Gill Hollamby)
There were lots of birds feeding offshore again with Guillemots into four figures and good numbers of Red-throated Divers and Gannets. A Great Skua was also seen marauding around the Gannets.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

Elsewhere around Dungeness, a drake Smew, a Bittern and several Great White Egrets were of note on the Reserve; 365 Knot, 120 Turnstone and 12 Mediterranean Gulls were seen on Lade Sands; Long-tailed Ducks at Scotney increased to four and a male Hen Harrier, a Long-eared Owl and two Short-eared Owls were seen on Lydd Ranges.

Slightly further afield, the Bewick's Swan flock at Midley on Walland Marsh had increased to 32 birds with one juvenile among them.