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28th Apr

Another cold morning but with a bit of a cloud around there was a small arrival of migrants. In the afternoon the wind backed into the south and almost immediately induced a decent movement of birds offshore.

The scatter of migrants on the land was dominated by Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs as expected but other bits and pieces included a Nightingale in a private garden and two Ring Ouzels at the north end of the recording area. Two Tree Pipits, three Yellow Wagtails and a Redpoll also flew over.

Nightingale Luscinia megarynchos   Dungeness   28th April 2017 (David Bunney)
The morning seawatch was very quiet but things improved considerably in the afternoon as the breeze went into the south and by the end of the afternoon over 5500 "commic" Terns moved through along with 12 Arctic Skuas and six Great Skuas. Also of note were 16 Mediterranean Gulls and the first-winter Iceland Gulls was still at the Patch.

A Grey Seal and six Porpoises were seen offshore.

One Grizzled Skipper was seen.

Elsewhere around Dungeness, the drake Ring-necked Duck remains on Burrowes Pit, Hobbies are being seen regularly at ARC and Dengemarsh and at least one summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe remains on New Diggings.