Most of the interest was offshore today. A Cattle Egret flying east was the bird of the day but was only seen by one observer whilst over 12 hrs of seawatching eventually produced 927 Common Scoters, a Long-tailed Duck, ten Black-throated Divers, a Little Egret, 12 Grey Plovers, 47 Sanderlings, 23 Whimbrels, 15 Pomarine Skuas, seven Arctic Skuas, six Little Terns, seven Black Terns and 516 Common Terns. A Long-tailed Skua which had been tracked along the south coast failed to show at Dungeness.
The Iceland Gull was seen at the Patch again.
The only birds of interest on the land were seven Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.
Butterflies seen during the day included two Brown Argus.
At least eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
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