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2016 Report

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17th May

Another very quiet day at Dungeness but the morning's seawatching produced a Pomarine Skua and an adult Black-headed Gull x Mediterranean Gull hybrid as well as three typical Mediterranean Gulls feeding offshore. An Arctic Skua flew west this evening. There was nothing of note in the bushes.


Black-headed x Mediterranean Gull Larus ridibundus x melanocephalus   hybrid   adult   Dungeness   17th May 2016    


Butterflies continue to provide plenty of interest with this superb aberrant form of Small Copper var radiata and at least 17 Grizzled Skippers.
A Dark Swordgrass was caught in the moth trap last night.
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas var radiata   Dungeness   17th May 2016
The third year in sucession that this rare aberration has been seen at Dungeness


Six Porpoises were feeding offshore this evening and two Brown Hares were seen during the day.