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7th Sep

With a fresh SSW wind blowing most of the days interest was offshore   A 12-hour seawatch produced our second-best ever day total of 106 Balearic Shearwaters passing west along with other highlights including three Manx Shearwaters, a Little Stint and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua while back up was provided by 430 Gannets, 24 Ringed Plovers, five Bar-tailed Godwits, seven Knot, 23 Sanderling, 50 Dunlin, eight Mediterranean Gulls, 1157 Sandwich Terns, three Black Terns, a Great Skua and 35 Arctic Skuas. Large numbers of gulls were also feeding along the tideline and included four Caspian Gulls, two Yellow-legged Gulls, a presumed hybrid Caspian Gull x Herring Gull and a German-ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull. Land bird interest was limited to a steady passage of Sand Martins and Swallows heading out to sea.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   juvenile   Dungeness   7th September 2022

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   second-summer   Dungeness   7th September 2022

Presumed Caspian x Herring Gull hybrid   first-winter   Dungeness   7th September 2022

Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus   second-summer   colour-ringedH049T
Dungeness   7th September 2022

Fourteen Porpoises and three Grey Seals were feeding offshore.