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2016 Report

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26th Aug

A surprisingly good morning on the land with a limited trapping effort producing six Garden Warblers and 127 Sand Martins, 17 Yellow Wagtails and two Tree Pipits overhead followed by a young Red-backed Shrike found and quickly caught in the Heligoland Trap.
Seawatching was also good with seven hours of recording resulting in three Balearic Shearwaters, the first Red-throated Diver of the autumn, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Great Skua, nine Arctic Skuas, 116 Kittiwakes, 1250 Sandwich Terns, 632 Common Terns and an excellent total of 70 Black Terns.



Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio   Dungeness    26th August 2018
Five Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Despite a fairly a cold and breezy night the moth trap was also surprisingly good with our third-ever Beautiful Marbled being the obvious highlight.
Beautiful Marbled Eublemma purpurina   Dungeness   26th August 2018
Elsewhere, the American Black Tern continues its stay on the RSPB Reserve.