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23rd Aug

Migrants continue to pass through on the land in small numbers with three Pied Flycatchers, two Spotted Flycatchers and two Redstarts along with 40 Willow Warblers. A Tree Pipit and 12 Yellow Wagtails flew overhead.
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca   Dungeness 23rd August 2018
More of the same offshore as well with Sandwich Terns (1413) and Common Terns (1468) moving west in 5.5hours of watching along with four Black Terns, eight Arctic Terns and five Little Terns. At least four Arctic Skuas were lingering off the Point and two first-winter Yellow-legged Gulls were coming to the offerings of bread at the fishing boats.

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were also feeding offshore.

The best of the nights moth trapping was a Convolvulus Hawk-moth..

Meanwhile, on the RSPB Reserve the first-winter American Black Tern continues its stay. For most of the day it was again fairly distant (for photography at least) but it finally came in close and landed in front of the hides for a few minutes this afternoon and in good light allowing some better images to be taken. 

American Black Tern Chlidonias niger ssp surinamensis   Dungeness RSPB   23rd August 2018
A Wryneck was also seen at Galloways. It has now been there for six days but it is very elusive and access is impossible at times.