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6th Nov

A morning check of the deeply flooded Desert and Trapping Area produced a Cattle Egret and two Little Egrets, three Snipe and a Water Pipit around the floodwaters and five Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, a Dartford Warbler and a Firecrest in the bushes. Overhead passage included 13 Swallows, two Bramblings, five Redpolls,150 Goldfinches and ten Siskins

There were fewer birds offshore but still produced the highlight of a Leach's Petrel as well as two Red-breasted Mergansers, 18 Little Gulls, 94 Mediterranean Gulls, the juvenile Sabine's Gull still present, a first-winter Caspian Gull, a first-winter Arctic Tern, two Arctic Skuas and a Great Northern Diver.

Extensive flooding of the Desert

Little Gull Larus minutus   first-winter   Dungeness   6th November 2023

Sabine's Gull Xema sabini   juvenile   Dungeness   6th November 2023

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   6th November 2023

Great Northern Diver Gavia immer    Dungeness   6th November 2023

A Porpoise, five Grey Seals and a Common Seal were feeding offshore.

Elsewhere, the local Cattle Egret population increased to at least 41 birds.