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24th Feb

A lovely, sunny day with a light breeze produced a few early migrants on the land including five Firecrests, a Chiffchaff, 60 Chaffinches, three Siskins and 20 Reed Buntings.
The sea was fairly quiet but 118 Red-throated Divers and nine Sandwich Terns were noteworthy. 

At least five Porpoises were feeding offshore. 

Three Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were seen.

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae   Dungeness   24th February 2019
A second Dotted Border moth was found in the moth trap this morning and a very early Hummingbird Hawkmoth spent a few minutes feeding at the Winter Honeysuckle in the Observatory garden.

A specimen of the Iris Iris reticularis var Katharine Hodgkin was found growing in the rough ground in front of the Observatory and whilst clearly a garden discard possibly qualifies as a new species for the recording area.
Iris reticularis   Dungeness   24th February 2019