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21st Mar

A spectacular day of offshore movement involving mostly wildfowl. Of particular note were a new second-best day total of 32 Garganeys (also see entry for 21st Mar), 18 Gadwall, a third best-ever spring day total of 369 Pintails. 19 Eider, 14 Velvet Scoters, two Long-tailed Ducks, four Little Gulls and four Mediterranean Gulls. A party of six Canada Geese along the beach was also an unusual sighting and of note in terms of numbers were 3600 Brent Geese, 74 Shoveler, 45 Teal, 1041 Common Scoters and 59 Sandwich Terns. Coverage on the land was limited but a Red Kite flew over the beach where three Black Redstarts, three Wheatears and a Rock Pipit were also seen.

Canada Geese Branta canadensis   Dungeness   21st March 2022
An uncommon species on seawatches.

Garganey Spatula querquedula with Brent Geese   Dungeness 21st March 2022. 

Pintail Anas acuta  with Brent Geese   Dungeness 21st March 2022

Pintail Anas acuta  with Brent Geese   Dungeness 21st March 2022

Pintail Anas acuta  with a couple of Wigeon   Dungeness 21st March 2022

Ten Porpoise and three Grey Seals were seen offshore.