|Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla Dungeness 19th March 2020|
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A very elusive Short-toed Treecreeper was found this morning in the Old Lighthouse Garden. It is unclear whether it was a different individual to the bird seen on 17th March but there was plenty of movement overnight and also during the morning so it may well be a new bird. Other migrants included 28 Chiffchaffs, ten Firecrests, two Fieldfares, 85 Redwings, four Song Thrushes, seven Black Redstarts, three Wheatears and 150 Meadow Pipits.
Two Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert.