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26th May

A check of the Patch this morning showed that the Iceland Gull was back in situ along with the hybrid adult Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull, two first-summer Mediterranean Gulls and a second-summer Yellow-legged Gull.
Very little in the way of migrants on the land.



Mediterranean Gull x Black-headed Gull hybrid   adult   Dungeness   26th May 2017


Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides   first-summer   Dungeness   26th May 2017
Note how worn the plumage is now becoming with the feathers nearly a year old.

Two Grizzled Skippers and three Brown Argus were of note among the small population of butterflies in the area.


Five Porpoises and a Common Seal were feeding offshore and two Red-eared Terrapins were seen at the Long Pits..