6th Sep

An eventful day with some quality birds although overall numbers remain unexceptional.
A Sabine's Gull flew west at 0820hrs and other birds seen offshore included two Balearic Shearwaters, plenty of Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua.
The obvious highlight on the land was a super juvenile Red-backed Shrike at the Long Pits which was surprisingly already bearing a ring. A Grasshopper Warbler was also found along with a Short-eared Owl, a few Chiffchaffs, two Redstarts and a Whinchat whilst 19 Tree Sparrows, six Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Pipit flew over.


Red-backed Shrike Lanius cristatus   Dungeness   6th September 2017
Twenty Porpoises and a Common Seal were seen offshore.

A Clouded Yellow was seen at the Long Pits and three Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen. A brief daytime search for rare crickets produced a single Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket.