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13th Apr

A very uncomfortable day with a howling, cold NE wind throughout and making coverage difficult. The bit of seawatching that was carried out produced four Grey Plovers, five Whimbrel , a Knot, 11 Mediterranean Gulls and 85 Sandwich Terns of interest. A 2cy Yellow-legged Gull was roosting on the beach at the Patch. A male Peregrine Falcon came into the area but was quickly seen off by the resident male and a Yellow Wagtail was seen on the power station wall.

A sound recorder was put out overnight but it was very quiet with just singles of Oystercatcher, Mediterranean Gull, Sandwich Tern and Common Tern noted.

Four Porpoises were feeding offshore.

The very local water beetle Dytiscus dimidiatus also came to the moth trap overnight.

Dytiscus didimatus   Dungeness   14th  April 2020