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17th Sep

The day began with thick and very wet fog which only rarely produces anything of real note and today was no exception. There was a noticeable increase in Chiffchaff numbers but very little else in the way of grounded migrants. Overhead passage was also very slow until the skies cleared after which there were good numbers of Swallows and House Martins and the Osprey made another flyover into the Observatory recording area.
Two Yellow-legged Gulls were attracted to the offerings at the fishing boats whilst at least six Arctic Skuas were patrolling offshore.

Arctic Skuas Stercorarius parasticus   Dungeness   17th September 2017 
At least five Grey Seals and four Porpoises were feeding offshore.

Five Clouded Yellows and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth were seen.