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)|
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.