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21st Aug

Numbers of common migrants remain low but the variety was quite high today with a Pied Flycatcher, three Whinchats, two Redstarts and two Spotted Flycatchers in the bushes of note. Offshore, there were at least five Arctic Skuas and lots of terns including at least  24 Black Terns, 1300 Sandwich Terns, 550 Common Tern and eight Arctic Terns

A Clouded Yellow was seen in front of the power station and three Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen around the Point. A very tatty Rosy Wave was trapped overnight - only the 13th record for the Observatory.

Three Porpoises and a Common Seal were seen.

The star bird  though was found late in the day on Burrowes/RSPB Reserve by Stephen Message when he discovered a juvenile/first-winter American Black Tern among the large numbers of terns feeding there.  





American Black Tern Chlidonias niger surinamensis   Dungeness   21st August 2018
Left hand bird in top three images and top bird in fourth image.
It was always very distant for photography and was still flying around Burrowes
 until shortly before dark so will hopefully still be there tomorrow.