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31st Aug

A nice day and a decent spread of migrants on the land including four Chiffchaffs, 15 Willow Warblers, five Blackcaps, ten Lesser Whitethroats, 30 Whitethroats, three Spotted Flycatchers, two Redstarts, 18 Wheatears and five Whinchats.  Birds passing overhead included a Greenshank, a Wood Sandpiper, three Redshanks, three Grey Wagtails and a Tree Pipit.
Seawatching was surprising with a continuing massive westerly movement of Sandwich Terns and over 2100 birds counted in 4.5hrs of watching. There were around 20 Arctic Skuas harassing the terns and three Little Terns were also seen. A first-winter Yellow-legged Gull was also on the beach.

At least ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

Two Hummingbird Hawkmoths and a Pearly Underwing were seen during the day.

A Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens was found in front of the Observatory.
Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens   Dungeness   31st August 2017
Elsewhere, a party of five Cattle Egrets arrived on the Reserve and spent much of the day amongst the cattle in the fields just south of Boulderwall farm. The adult Pectoral Sandpiper was still present at ARC.  

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis   Dungeness RSPB Reserve   31st August 2017