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Local weather


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7th Sep

The Wryneck was still present and showed very well at times. The morning saw the first large movement of House Martins with 2000 birds counted along with 700 Swallows, eight Grey Wagtails, three Tree Pipits and four Tree Sparrows. There was a decent sprinkling of commoner migrants on the land with 15 Chiffchaffs, eight Lesser Whitethroats, two Spotted Flycatchers, three Redstarts, three Whinchats and 12 Wheatears of note.

Wryneck Jynx torquilla   Dungeness   7th September 2018
Two Caspian Gulls (a first-winter and a first-summer) and three Yellow-legged Gulls were seen at the fishing boats and an Osprey flew out to sea. Sandwich and Common Terns continue to pour westwards and two Black Terns and 11 Mediterranean Gulls were also seen. 

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-summer   Dungeness  7th September 2018
Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A Convolvulus Hawk-moth and an Oak Hook-tip were of note from the moth trap and a Holly Blue butterfly was also seen in the trapping area.