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Migration Time.

8th May

Strong southerly winds with heavy rain this morning produced an excellent movement of seabirds. Over 11 hours of watching resulted in a Black-throated Diver, 22 Manx Shearwaters, eight Knot, 13 Little Terns, 2600 "Commic" Terns, a brilliant total of 92 Black Terns, six Great Skuas, six Pomarine Skuas and ten Arctic Skuas of note.
Elsewhere in the area, a superb Grey Plover, a Common Sandpiper and two first-summer Yellow-legged Gulls were seen at the fishing boats, a Mediterranean Gull was feeding at the Patch and another Common Sandpiper was seen at the Long Pits. 
Small birds were in very short supply but a Firecrest was singing in the trapping area and a Spotted Flycatcher was also seen at the Long Pits.
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola   Dungeness   8th May 2019

Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis   first-summer   Dungeness   8th May 2019
A Grey Seal and a Porpoise were feeding offshore.

The movement of Black Terns was not restricted to the sea with at least 67 birds feeding over Burrowes Pit on the RSPB Reserve where the following images were taken.



Black Tern Chlidonias niger   RSPB Reserve   8th May 2019