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A day of heavy cloud and a fresh westerly breeze resulted in very few birds on the land but a constant westerly movement of Sandwich Terns and a few other bits offshore. Seven hours of watching produced 1100 Sandwich Terns and 25 Arctic Skuas as well as a Grey Plover, a Knot, two Black Terns, singles of Arctic and Little Terns. Two first-year Caspian Gulls and five Yellow-legged Gulls were also seen on the beach.
Caspian Gulls Larus cachinnans juvenile/first-winter Dungeness 11th September 2019
Two Porpoise and a Grey Seal were also feeding offshore. The highlight of a very quiet night for moths was another Scarce Bordered Straw.