A miserable and wet day on the peninsula with almost constant drizzle from sunrise to sunset.
The majority of the interest in the recording area today came from the moth trap although overnight several groups of waders could be heard calling as they passed overhead. Calls of Green and Common Sandpipers, Redshank, Spotted Redshank and Oystercatcher were noted.
A small number of Swifts passed overhead through out the day and a morning sea watch recorded 14 Common Scoter, 71 Gannets, a single Bar-tailed Godwit, five Mediterranean Gulls and two Yellow-legged Gulls all heading west.
The highlight of the day had to be the Pale Shoulder, the 9th area record, with the 10th also being found in a trap in Lydd today. Also of note was a Tree-lichen Beauty and over a hundred Large Yellow Underwings made emptying the trap a little bit of a hazard.
The reserve held host to a staggering number of waders this morning with 328 Redshank record on Burrows this morning and a further 158 recorded this afternoon. Between Burrows and ARC 56 Greenshank, 29 Curlew Sandpipers, 16 Spotted Redshank, ten Wood Sandpipers and two Temminck's Stints also record throughout the day. In total a staggering 22 species of wader were recorded in the wider Dungeness area.
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