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11:22AM

From the Clifftop and East Guldeford Levels

Yesterday was a bit of a write-off-windy and rainy with hardly any seabirds and no chance of any moths for a few days. After a wild clifftop night, the wind lessened and birds were back on the sea. The first thing I saw through the scope was a Great Skua eating something on the sea, watched by several GBB Gulls and Kittiwakes, I've had a few sightings of these [or this] recently. An hour or so produced totals of 24 Brents east, 27 auks, 27 Gannets, just 2 Red-throated Divers and a lone Common Scoter.

After this I went over to the Levels for one of the quietest visits ever- March doldrums ! Although the stubble field that has provided most interest has now been ploughed, there were still 25 Corn Buntings and 25 Tree Sparrows in the bushes there, but I saw little else of note; all the Lapwings and Golden Plovers seem to have gone' though 400 Starlings was a good count. as was 20 GBB Gulls.

An hours watch from the clifftop in the evening finally delivered my first 3 Sandwich Terns-they have been regularly seen at Dungeness for some time, but not by me, these just scraped in as my earliest ever. Also 70 Black-headed Gulls and 1 Med Gull east

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