The day dawned with a heavy frost and a light breeze and resulted in a surprisingly good seawatch. Seven hours of coverage eventually produced a remarkable total of nine Slavonian Grebes along with 845 Brent Geese, ten Pintails, three Eiders, 818 Common Scoters, two Velvet Scoters, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Whimbrel, five Little Gulls, eight Mediterranean Gulls, 109 Sandwich Terns, 130 Red-throated Divers and five Black-throated Divers.
There was also a small arrival of migrants on the land with eight Swallows, ten Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, six Firecrests and five Black Redstarts. The rarities of the day though involved Serins with one seen at the Long Pits in the morning and then in the late afternoon a party of three birds feeding along the roadsides and tracks around Southview Cottage. The flighty nature of the birds and rapidly failing light made photography very difficult but in the third image all three individuals can just about be made out.
|Serins Serinus serinus Dungeness 5th April 2023
Four Light Orange Underwing moths were seen at the north end of the Long Pits.
Eighteen Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.