Thursday 5 May 2016

Divers and ducks

Dungeness - 0845hrs - warm, dry, sunny, se 3 - We spent the morning at the point seawatching from the hide where there was a steady trickle of Gannets, Common Scoters, Kittiwakes, Common and Sandwich Terns and singles of Whimbrel, Brent, Arctic Skua and Red-throated Diver. However, the quality was provided by two Great Northern Divers and a Long-tailed Duck, only the second I`ve seen on a seawatch at Dungeness in 10 years.
Throughout the day news came through of Pom Skuas passing Selsey Bill and Splash Point further west and a number were noted off Dungeness. For details of the final tally see the DBO website ( )
Together with Ray and Stuart we clocked up 106 species of birds in three days, the highlights being three species of divers, the flock of Little Terns on Burrowes and the views of Nightingales in Park Wood.

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