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1st Sep

There were a few birds on the land with 40 Willow Warblers, three Spotted Flycatchers, three Whinchats, 20 Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Pipit. Overhead, an Osprey flying out to sea was noteworthy along with six Buzzards, three Golden Plovers, two Bar-tailed Godwits and 20 Yellow Wagtails.
I also ran the the Audiomoth/NocMig recorder last night which produced 21 passing groups of Sandwich Terns and two flocks of Dunlins.
Highlights from over 4.5hrs of seawatching included a Sooty Shearwater, three Manx Shearwaters, eight Mediterranean Gulls, 709 Sandwich Terns, a Black Tern, eight Arctic Skuas and a Pomarine Skua.

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Two Clouded Yellows were seen,

The best from the moth traps were a Delicate and a Scarce Bordered Straw.

Delicate Mythimna vitellina and Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera   Dungeness   1st September 2019