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3rd Jan

Strong winds and heavy showers for much of the day again. Kittiwakes and Common Gulls  passed through in large numbers but other movement was mainly limited to Red-throated Divers and Gannets. Good numbers of gulls were feeding offshore again and included a first-winter Little Gull, three Mediterranean Gulls and at least two first-winter Caspian Gulls. A check on the land produced a few goodies in the form a Jack Snipe, four Snipe, a Woodcock and a Firecrest.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

The highlight from elsewhere on the shingle was a Dotterel seen briefly amongst several thousand Golden Plovers at Scotney. The two Great Northern Divers and a Black-throated Diver continue to show very well on Burrowes Pit and 12 Cattle Egrets were feeding alongside the access road to Lydd Airport again.