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Snow on the Clifftop

The last time we had snow like this was eight years ago, when, on a memorable walk through deep stuff to Hastings and back on Jan 9 2010 , I encountered Woodcocks, Woodlarks and 700 Redwings. I tried repeating this a couple of days ago, but saw nothing, found the covering of soft snow over frozen ground far too slippery, gave up and went back to seawatching. This too has been fairly quiet, with just Red-throated Divers, Guillemots and a Med Gull noted.

Yesterday afternoon , with a bitter wind blowing, I drove over to Dungeness, expecting to find the Visitor Centre full of birders taking advantage of comfortable shelter, but no !. Apparently I was the last of just seven visitors to the reserve that day..

A pleasant hour or so watching the gulls and Cormorants coming in: no Glaucous , but a huge Northern Herring Gull [argentatus], and 3 fine Goosanders.

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