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2016 Report

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8th May

Seawatching was the main occupation again today in light NE winds and clear skies. Coverage from 0515 to 1800hrs produced a good total of 26 Pomarine Skuas along with four Shovelers, three Red-breasted Mergansers, six Black-throated Divers, eight Grey Plovers, 29 Whimbrels, just one Arctic Skua, two Little Gulls, two Mediterranean Gulls and a few terns moving east. Six Black Terns were feeding at the Patch. A Hobby also flew over the hide before departing back out to sea. 
It was very quiet on the land with just a singing Cuckoo and a Common Sandpiper at the Long Pits and a Tree Pipit flying through.
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus   Dungeness   8th May 2016   A typical view.!

At least 12 Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore during the morning and a Stoat was seen on the land.

Several Grizzled Skippers and a Brimstone were seen and there was the first significant emergence of dragonflies with Red-eyed, Common Blue and Azure Damselflies, Hairy Hawker and Four-spotted Chaser all being seen for the first time this year.

Two more scarce plants are showing nicely in and around the trapping area at the moment are.Changing Forget-me-not and Small-flowered Buttercup. The latter can be found on the small vegetated banks which lead into the southern end of the trapping area.

Changing Forget-me-not Myosotis discolor (above) and Small-flowered Buttercup Ranunculus parviflora (below)