An overnight frost followed by a fresh north-westerly wind made for a fairly uncomfortable day on the peninsula however there were still some good bits on offer. Again no sign of the Dusky Warbler so presumably it has departed.
Fishing Boats per MC/RW (08:00 to 09:00): Brent Goose 10W, Shelduck 2E, Wigeon 11W, Common Scoter 25W/4E, Great-crested Grebe 16o/s, Turnstone 8 present, Kittiwake 9W, Mediterranean Gull 4 present, Guillemot 3 o/s, Razorbill 12 o/s, Auk sp. 24W, Red-throated Diver 5E/1W, Gannet 220+ feeding, Cormorant 1000+ o/s, 1 Merlin out to sea and 40 Starling in off.
Grey Seal 3
Dungeness Point: An adult Yellow-legged Gull with two first-winter Caspian Gulls on the beach. Other bits included a single Dartford Warbler, six Pied Wagtail, two Black Redstart and a single Barn Swallow still finding enough to eat around the lighthouse. A Short-eared Owl was also noted around the Fishing Boats at dusk. (MC/RW/OL et al)
Trapping Area: An increase in Blackbirds generally and several Song Thrush. Total of 11 Chiffchaff was notable. Also of interest three Common Darter still on the wing. (OL)
Long Pits: A juvenile Marsh Harrier seen at the northern end. (MC)
Dungeness RSPB: Two Great Northern Divers still present on Burrowes and 15 Avocet flew west over the pits. Neither the Slavonian Grebe or the Black-necked Grebe were reported today. Today we were back down to four Glossy Ibis which spent the day in the vicinity of the Rhea Field. (MC/DB/GP et al)