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19th Apr

A strong NE wind and clear skies again limited any passage on the land but did encourage a bit of movement on the sea.
A first-winter Glaucous Gull was seen flying towards the Patch but could not be found later in the day and the first-winter Iceland Gull was still there. Over seven hours of seawatching eventually produced seven Red-breasted Mergansers, a Black-throated Diver, ten Fulmars, 48 Bar-tailed Godwits, 127 Whimbrel, ten Arctic Skuas, eight Great Skuas and 40 Arctic Terns of note.

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore with the latter being seen to kill and then eat a Porpoise calf.

Butterflies included five Grizzled Skippers and a Holly Blue.
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus   Dungeness   19th April 2017