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13th May

There was a very small arrival of migrants on the land today which included a Common Sandpiper on the Long Pits, our first Spotted Flycatcher of the year, two Garden Warblers, a female Redstart in the Lighthouse Garden, a Whinchat and best of all, a female Red-backed Shrike on the east side of the Long Pits.

One of our pairs of Stonechats had recently fledged young in tow.

Seawatching was generally slow for numbers but after five hours did produce two Manx Shearwaters, five Pomarine Skuas, two Arctic Skuas and two Great Skuas


Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio   female   Dungenesss   13th May 2018




Stonechat Saxicola torquatus   Dungeness   13th May 2018
Male, female and very new fledgling.
The male (at least) would appear to be of the race rubicola.
At least six Porpoises were feeding offshore.