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29th Jan

A Kingfisher at the Long Pits was a new species for the year and six Long-tailed Tits visited the feeding station.
The sea was fairly quiet with just three Wigeon, 145 Kittiwakes and a Mediterranean Gull of note.

A Common Seal and a Porpoise were seen offshore.

There have been up to 12 Long-tailed Tits in the area during the winter but they are generally extremely mobile and combined with lots of miserable weather have been very difficult to get a good luck at. However, in the last few days they have discovered the feeding station and are making brief stops there as they circuit around the area. As can be seen in the images below one of the birds is much less marked around the head than the rest of the them and I wonder if it might be of the europeaus race rather than our own rosaceus.

Long-tailed Tits Aegithalos caudatus   Dungeness   19th and 29th January 2020