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15th Apr

Another day of clear skies and north-easterly winds and very few migrants to be seen. The day was pretty much saved by a Long-eared Owl found in the Moat at dusk and 12 Buzzards passing overhead. A few Swallows also passed through and the early morning seawatch produced 23 Fulmars, three Manx Shearwaters, four Whimbrel, four Bar-tailed Godwits, three Mediterranean Gulls, five Little Gulls and 147 Sandwich Terns

A Porpoise was feeding offshore and a Weasel was seen in the trapping area.

I also found this very small nomad bee today which I think is Nomada flavoguttata. Whilst this is described as common in southern England this may actually be new to Observatory recording area. Neither the Kent Atlas nor the latest distribution map on NBN Gateway show any records for here.
Nomada flavoguttata   Dungeness   15th April 2020