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7th April

More of the same with a small arrival of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers and a trickle of birds overhead which included our first Tree Pipit of the year, a Rock Pipit, a Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Sparrow, 16 Goldfinches and a Redpoll. A pair of Stonechats appear to have taken up breeding territory in the area and the male (at least) is of the race rubicola.

Stonechat Saxicola torquatus rubicola   Dungeness   7th April 2017
Seawatching was very quiet but there was a small selection of waders on the beach and two Mediterranean Gulls flew west.

Dunlin Caliddris alpina, Sanderling Calidris alba and Turnstone Arenaria imterpres    Dungeness   7th April 2017

Five Porpoises were feeding offshore.

Large White and Speckled Wood were new butterflies for the year.

Elsewhere around Dungeness both the drake Ring-necked Duck and Hooded Merganser can still be seen on the RSPB Reserve and the Black-necked Grebes and Slavonian Grebe remain on New Diggings. Of the spring migrants Sedge Warblers have arrived in good numbers along with a few Reed Warblers. Little Ringed Plovers have been seen at Dengemarsh during the week.