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9th Sep

After yesterdays washout and more torrential rain overnight we woke to a bright and calm morning and a decent arrival of migrants on the land.
The obvious pick of the birds was a Wryneck which spent the day in and around a large gorse patch on the edge of the Desert whilst other bits and pieces included 30 Willow Warblers, 25 Chiffchaffs, 20 Blackcaps, 15 Lesser Whitethroats, 100 Whitethroats, five Sedge Warblers, six Redstarts, five Whinchats and 20 Wheatears

Wryneck Jynx torquilla    Dungeness   9th September 2017 (top two David Walker, bottom Lee Gregory)
Overhead passage remained fairly light but did include a flock of five Little Ringed Plovers, a Buzzard. nine Grey Wagtails and two Tree Pipits.

After a couple of months with an outage at the Power Station and consequently no Patch it was good to see it starting up again. Today it attracted first-winter Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull and Yellow-legged Gull in to feed.

Little Gull Larus minutus   first-winter    Dungeness

There was no sign of any real passage offshore but at least four Arctic Skuas continue to harass the feeding terns.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore.

There was a good array of butterflies to be seen with a total of ten Clouded Yellows, five Painted Ladies and 70 Small Coppers being particularly noteworthy. Two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen in the moat.