2016 Report

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11th May

A day of quality rather than quantity. It remains extremely quiet on the land so a pair of Bee-eaters at the New Lighthouse was a nice surprise for one observer. What wasn't so surprising was the speed with which they departed the area. Other migrants included singles of Garden Warbler and Yellow Wagtail and just two Willow Warblers.

A decent four hour seawatch this morning produced a Black-throated Diver, 44 Manx Shearwaters, three Great Skuas, two Pomarine Skuas and four Arctic Skuas, ten Little Terns and 1391 "commic" Terns. Things improved a bit in the afternoon when a party of four Pomarine Skuas passed through along with another ten Arctic Skuas, four Little Terns, 16 Arctic Terns, 526 "Commic" Terns and a single adult Roseate Tern.

At least ten Porpoises and singles of Grey and Common Seals were feeding offshore.

Butterflies numbers are beginning to increase now with 15 Grizzled Skippers, 220 Small Coppers, a Common Blue and the first Brown Argus of the year.



Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas   Dungeness   11th May 2018