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May 2nd

The bird of the day was a female Surf Scoter which flew east offshore at 0705hrs.
Also of note were three Black-throated Divers, 21 Whimbrels, 19 Arctic Skuas, six Mediterranean Gulls, 47 Little Terns and 15 Black Terns in 10.25hrs of watching.
It was an unusual morning on the land with a small arrival of Chiffchaffs (but no Willow Warblers), nine Lesser Whitethroats, a singing Firecrest, our first Cuckoo of the year and a Serin which flew south over the area at 0730hrs.

A search of the Moat for shieldbugs produced the Observatory's first Rhomboid Leatherbug and second record of Crucifer Bug.
Rhomboid Leatherbug Syromastes rhombeus   Dungeness   2nd May 2017
Crucifer Bug Eurydema oleracea   Dungeness   020517 
Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.