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20th August

With the first calm morning in a while there was a small drop of migrants with 35 Willow Warblers, eight Reed Warblers, 65 Whitethroats, 50 Yellow Wagtails and 15 Tree Pipits of note. Three Buzzards also flew over.
Seawatching was fairly slow going again but five hours of observation produced 16 Mediterranean Gulls, 507 Sandwich Terns and four Arctic Skuas while two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls feeding at the fishing boats were joined for a few minutes by a juvenile/first-winter Caspian Gull this evening.




Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   20th August 2019

A Porpoise and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Two male Small Red-eyed Damselflies were seen at the southern end of the bottom Long Pit.

A Red-eared Terrapin was also seen at the Long Pits.