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6th Mar

Very little movement offshore with just a trickle of Brent Geese and Kittiwakes passing through. There were fewer gulls at the Patch than yesterday but the Iceland Gull was still present and an adult Mediterranean Gull was also seen. Very little to report from the land.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen at Southview Cottage and a nocturnal walk through the trapping area produced a few Dotted Border moths.

Also of interest are details of a colour-ringed Mediterranean Gull seen at the Patch yesterday. This bird was originally ringed as a nestling in a colony at Zandvlietsluis, Antwerp, Belgium on 15th June 2002 thus making it over 15 years old. There is a long list of previous sightings, mostly from Folkestone and the Low Countries but on 1st November 2017 it was seen at Santa Cruz, La Coruna, Spain.