28th April

A calm and cold morning brought another small arrival of migrants on the land with the obvious highlight for one observer of an adult Purple Heron in the Long Pits reed-bed. A Hobby, a Buzzard, 17 Willow Warblers, 13 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, two Redstarts seven Yellow Wagtails and a Redpoll were also of note. 

The morning seawatch was extremely quiet but three Arctic Skuas were seen this afternoon as the wind began to increase again.

A Brown Hare and two Porpoises were seen and a Speckled Wood butterfly was the first of the year.

Another of the Dungeness plant specialties is Shepherd's Cress which is now showing at its best in large spreads across the open shingle. The regular colony of Early Purple Orchids near the Observatory is also coming to its best.


Shepherd's Cress Teesdalia nudicaulus   Dungeness   28th April 2016


Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula   Dungeness   28th April 2016