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30th Aug

With rain overnight and for much of the day there was a small arrival of migrants including 15 Willow Warblers and a Sedge Warbler.
As on most days recently there were large schools of fish offshore and these were attracting plenty of attention from the Gannets, gulls and terns and also brought in a Balearic Shearwater, a minimum of six Arctic Skuas and two Black Terns. A first-winter Mediterranean Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were also on the beach along with a party of three Common Sandpipers.

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were also feeding offshore.

The moth traps were fairly quiet but the catch did include a Small Mottled Willow.

A Western Conifer Seed Bug was also found on the side of the Patch hide.

Western Conifer Seed Bug Leptoglossus occidentalis   Dungeness   30th August 2017