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20th May

Seawatching was very slow but did produce a Great Northern Diver whilst large numbers of birds feeding at the Patch included a first-summer Mediterranean Gull and four Yellow-legged Gull and a first-summer individual among around 400 Common Terns.
A Garden Warbler was singing in the area.

If its is possible to have a favourite Cormorant then the individual shown below is it. It was colour-ringed with 8E3 as a chick at a nest in Denmark in June 2000. It is therefore a sinensis bird and has been seen in most years at Dungeness since 2006.

Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis   8E3   Dungeness   20th May 2016
A family party of Stoats gave some fantastic entertainment at the southern end of the trapping area.

Stoat Mustela erminea   Dungeness   20th May 2016
Click here for video of the Stoats: (It was a bit windy - you may want to turn the volume down).

More checking of the butterflies produced a Holly Blue in the trapping area and another variant Small Copper in the moat.

Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus and Small Copper Lycaeana phlaeas   Dungeness   20th May 2016
Note the larger than normal black spotting on the forewing.