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29th Apr

The morning seawatch was pretty slow but passage improved considerably in the afternoon and by the end of the day a Black-throated Diver, 32 Whimbrel, 1606 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2328 "commic" Terns, two Black Terns, a Pomarine Skua and five Arctic Skuas of note had been recorded.

It was also quiet on the land with just 12 Willow Warblers and the first Cuckoo of the year of note. A Buzzard also flew over and a Hobby and 38 Swallows arrived from the south.

At least ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.

The first two Grizzled Skippers and a Holly Blue of the year were seen.

Regular checking for interesting bees produced an example of the Common Mourning Bee Melecta albifrons at the Lighthouse Garden. This appears to be the first Dungeness record of this bee.
Melecta albifrons   Dungeness   29th April 2019