27th June

A significant arrival of juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls at the Patch this morning with at least 16 birds present. Six Mediterranean Gulls also present and nine Eider and 98 Common Scoters flew past.

Yellow-legged Gulls Larus michahellis   juveniles   Dungeness   27th June 2017
Herring Gull  Larus argentatus  nestlings   Dungeness   27th June 2017

Yellow-legged and Herring Gull youngsters are quite easy to separate at the moment! Yellow-legged Gulls nest several weeks earlier than Herring Gulls and the young are already fledging and departing the colonies. Herring Gulls are still fluffy. 
A Grey Seal and a Porpoise were feeding offshore.

An Oak Nycteoline was an unusual capture in the moth trap.