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17th Sep

A quiet day with just a handful of commoner migrants including 40 Chiffchaffs, a Sedge Warbler, 12 Blackcaps, a Firecrest, a Spotted Flycatcher and six Wheatears and two Grey Wagtails and 25 Reed Buntings overhead.
Very little to report from the sea other than loitering birds with a Great Skua, two Arctic Skuas and 20 Mediterranean Gulls of interest.

There wasn't a great deal in the moth traps but a female Southern Oak Bush-cricket was significant.
Southern Oak Bush-cricket Meconema meridionale   Dungeness   17th September 2019

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Elsewhere, a Pectoral Sandpiper was found at ARC and at least one Cattle Egret remains in the area along with at least nine Great White Egrets. Three Caspian Gulls came in to roost on Burrowes this evening.