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12th Aug

The wind had dropped away overnight but the hoped for movement of re-orienting seabirds didn't really materialise with just one Balearic Shearwater, three Arctic and one Great Skua and 219 Sandwich Terns of note passing by. Gulls numbers increased again and included a juvenile/first-winter Caspian Gull, five Yellow-legged Gulls, five Mediterranean Gulls and a Little Gull at the fishing boats.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore and a Stoat was seen near the Old Lighthouse.

The highlight of the day though was not a bird but this female Long-tailed Blue butterfly which spent an hour or so in and around the Observatory back garden. Five Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen during the day.



Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus   female   Dungeness   12th August 2019