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18th Sep

Although there were very few migrants in the bushes there was still some interest with the highlights being a ringtail Hen Harrier flying NW over the area and a Little Owl in the Moat. Five Grey Wagtails, five Yellow Wagtails and 12 Reed Buntings also flew over.
There was very little movement offshore but 15 or so Arctic Skuas and ten Mediterranean Gulls were feeding in the bay.

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

This interesting Small Copper was seen in the Moat. It appears not to be due to wear or mutation and may have a pathogenic cause.

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas   Dungeness   18th September 2019