14th April

The day began with a shallow but dense layer of fog and very few new birds in the bushes. The best on offer were two Ring Ouzels, eight Blackcaps and three Lesser Whitethroats whilst 11 Swallows and a Yellow Wagtail flew over.

Seawatching was more productive with significant totals of 521 Common Scoters, 80 Whimbrel, 44 Bar-tailed Godwits, 15 Arctic Skuas, 45 Little Gulls, 861 Sandwich Terns and 1400 Common Terns east and more unusual birds in the form of a flock of eight Garganey, eight Red-breasted Mergansers, a Black-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 15 Mediterranean Gulls.and three Little Terns.

There were plenty of Porpoises on show again with at least 15 feeding offshore.

The first Small Copper butterfly was seen.

A small overnight catch of moths included a Streamer which is less than annual here. 


Streamer Anticlea derivata   Dungeness   14th April 2016

Sunrise scenes this morning at Dungeness