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5th Apr

With the wind changing to a north-westerly the offshore passage was virtually non-existent but a few birds continue to appear on the land.

The only birds of significance moving offshore were a Shag, three Little Gulls and three Mediterranean Gulls while the Glaucous Gull was seen at the Patch again along with a couple of Common Terns.

Grounded migrants included a Snipe, eight Firecrests, four Goldcrests, 25 Chiffchaffs and the first Whitethroat of the year. Birds moving overhead included a Rock Pipit, 120 Chaffinches, a Brambling and 12 Siskins.

At least  28 Porpoises were seen feeding offshore this morning.

A Brimstone butterfly was seen in the trapping area. This is a surprisingly scarce butterfly at Dungeness. The first Comma of the year was also seen.

Of great interest from elsewhere in the local area was a Hoopoe found on the track to the west of the drying barns at Midley.


Hoopoe Upupa epops   Midley Cottage   5th April 2018