20th Apr


A calm, cold and clear morning meant there were very few migrants in the bushes or overhead so it was a bit of a surprise when a Serin flew over the Observatory this morning.
Seawatching was also fairly slow but birds of note included three Black-throated Divers, 11 Whimbrel, four Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua and eight Mediterranean Gulls. The first-winter Iceland Gull was still at the Patch.

Butterflies included six Grizzled Skippers and a Hairy Dragonfly was also seen.

Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae   Dungeness   20th April 2017
The colony of Early Purple Orchids have done well this year and are looking very nice at the moment alongside the access road to the Observatory. 



Early Purple Orchids Orchis mascula   Dungeness   20th April 2017
Five Porpoises and "the" Grey Seal were seen.