Dungeness - 0900hrs - Rain, cloudy, mild, ne3 - Weatherwise a thoroughly grotty day with persistant rain and heavy showers lashing the Point all morning. We spent most of the time seawatching from the hide and the concrete road with a brief visit to The Patch. The seawatch produced a total of 200 Brents, 50 Common Scoters and 2 Bonxies down-Channel. Everything else was milling around offshore, so 50 odd Gannets, 10 auks, 3 Red-throated Divers, Sandwich Tern and a juv Kittiwake, plus 5 Porpoises and a Grey Seal. Loafing gulls by the fishing boats included Shortie the Glaucous Gull and the adult Yellow-legged Gull. At The Patch, 3 Little Gulls and a Med Gull amongst 100 assorted gulls (there was also a report of a Sabine`s along the beach this morning). Passerines of noted included 50 Goldfinches, 4 Mipits and a Skylark.
In summary, Sarah, Jean and Laura clocked up 100 species this weekend, despite the rain on Friday and today. The individual highlight was probably the Short-eared Owl because of the stunning views it gave, but predictably the passerines around the Peninsula on Saturday stole the show: particularly the thrushes, Ring Ouzels, Jays, Bearded Tits, finches, crests and Yellow-browed Warbler. An enjoyable weekend all round in great company.