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20th Dec

Most of the morning was spent seawatching where the highlights included 12 Shelduck, five Shoveler, 31 Wigeon, a Pintail, 15 Teal, 729 Red-throated Divers, 250 Gannets, 5,000 Cormorants, two Mediterranean Gulls, a Sandwich Tern and 2800 auks (mainly Guillemots).

Two Grey Seals were also seen.

Elsewhere, a mixed flock of geese at Dengemarsh included a Pink-footed Goose, five Tundra Bean Geese and 23 White-fronted Geese. Three Cattle Egrets were seen at Cockles Bridge and Short-eared Owls were seen at Scotney and on the Lydd Ranges.