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4th May

It was very quiet on the land with a Ring Ouzel of note amid the "resident" Blackcaps and Lesser Whitethroats and the building up of the breeding Whitethroat and Reed Warbler populations. Three Yellow Wagtails flew over.

Seawatching was also very slow with just a Black-throated Diver, an Arctic Skua, two Great Skuas and 37 Little Terns of any significance.

At least six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

It was a decent afternoon for butterflies with at least ten Grizzled Skippers, plenty of Small Coppers and the first Small Heath of the year being seen.





Grizzled Skippers Pyrgus malvae   Dungeness   4th May 2016   Four different individuals.