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28th May



A very quiet morning in the trapping area was enlivened from 0800hrs by the finding of a superb red Common Rosefinch. It then showed on and off for most of the day either at the south-western corner of the trapping area or in the moat and was frequently singing. This is the 12th Observatory record and the first since 2010. Little else was noted other than a Black Tern at the Patch and a Cuckoo..

Three Grizzled Skippers and a Brown Argus were also seen.

Click here for a bit of shaky video of the Common Rosefinch.

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus   Dungeness   28th May 2016
I have also just received some nice images of the Laughing Gull from Keith Gabriel - one of which is shown below.

Laughing Gull and admirers   Dungeness    26th May 2016 (Keith Gabriel)