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18th Apr

The highlight of the day was another White-tailed Eagle which flew over the northern end of the recording area this afternoon. It turns out that this was another bird from the Isle of Wight project, G461, and is quite a wanderer. Today it was tracked from Rye along the coast before cutting across the Point, continuing northward up to New Romney and heading inland in a NW direction.

Seawatching continued in a similar vein to recent days with prolonged coverage eventually producing 112 Brent Geese, eight Shelduck, 371 Gannets, 18 Curlew, 56 Whimbrel, 190 Bar-tailed Godwits, 28 Mediterranean Gulls, 264 Sandwich Terns, 188 "Commic" Terns, two Great Skuas and four Arctic Skuas. The Iceland Gull also remains.

Other than the above eagle it was very quiet on the land with just a Buzzard, four Whitethroats, seven Wheatears and a Yellow Wagtail of any note.

Eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was at the Old Lighthouse Garden.