Monday, 12 March 2018

Firecrest arrival

Dungeness - mild, wet and overcast, SE 3 - Firecrests are a typical March migrant and today there appeared to have been a drop in across the peninsula. Despite the foul weather this morning, overnight it was clear and the south-easterly airflow obviously done the trick. At least three were noted in and around the old lighthouse bushes with another two in a private garden on the Estate. We had one in the garden at Plovers and another at Lade pits, while others were seen on the bird reserve.
  A seawatch from the concrete road delivered a steady up-Channel passage of Brent Geese, Red-throated Divers and Common Scoters, two Sandwich Terns, 20 Wigeon and five Teal. Plenty of auks and Great Crested Grebes were on the sea and a juvenile Glaucous Gull flew west. Earlier, the first Arctic Skua of spring moved east and an Iceland Gull was at the Patch (OL).

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