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2016 Report

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1st Apr

There was a handful of migrants in the bushes with a Firecrest, a Willow Warbler, two Blackcaps and five Chiffchaffs whilst our first three Yellow Wagtails and seven Siskins passed through.
Seawatching was very quiet but two Velvet Scoters and five Mediterranean Gulls flew east and the two Iceland Gulls and another Mediterranean Gull were feeding at the Patch.

Another small catch of moths overnight included this Blossom Underwing Orthosia miniosa This is generally considered as a migrant species at Dungeness and interestingly individuals were also at Bawdsey and Landguard Bird Observatory in Suffolk and at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory and is very rare at all of these stations. It is only the fourth DBO record.
Blossom Underwing Orthisia miniosa   Dungeness   1st April 2017
A walk around the Long Pits also produced a cluster of this mushroom. I think it is probably Common Ink-cap Coprinopsis atramentarius and if so, appears to be a new species for the Observatory recording area.  

Common Ink-cap Coprinopsis atramentarius   Dungeness   1st April 2017