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14th Apr

Yet another morning of thick fog and very few birds. Five Whitethroats, a Yellow Wagtail and a Brambling were about the only highlights on the land. A brief spell of clearer weather this afternoon produced a Great Northern Diver sat on the sea and two Great Skuas and three Arctic Skuas passing east of note.
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto   Dungeness   14th April 2018
Not sure this species has been shown on our web pages before. Has bred in recent years so nothing too surprising about this
record except that it was in the Observatory Back Garden and I think the first time I have seen one in here.
Porpoises were very much in evidence this afternoon and with a fair amount of mating behaviour being seen.

Porpoise Phocoena phocena   Dungeness   14th April 2018
Two Light Orange Underwing moths were seen at the Long Pits.