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19th Sep

More strong north-easterly winds with the sea providing most of the interest  Over five hours of watching produced five Teal, two Pintails, a Shoveler, a Sooty Shearwater, two Golden Plover, seven Knot, ten Mediterranean Gulls, 1015 Sandwich Terns, two Great Skuas and ten Arctic Skuas.

A new colour-ringed first-winter Caspian Gull was at the fishing boats for a short time around mid-day as was a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   colour-ringed   Dungeness   19th September 2020

A Great White Egret at the Long Pits was an unusual record for the Observatory recording area and 155 Swallows, two Grey Wagtails, a Rock Pipit and 15 Siskin also flew over.

A Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding ofshore and a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert.

Five male Large Coneheads were seen this evening.