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18th Apr

Most of the interest was offshore again where six hours of watching produced a Gadwall, two Tufted Ducks, 156 Common Scoters, a Black-throated Diver, 14 Fulmars, three Manx Shearwaters, nine Grey Plovers, 226 Bar-tailed Godwits, 69 Whimbrel, 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 79 Little Gulls, 41 Black Terns, 163 Sandwich Terns, 1757 Common/commic" Terns and 23 Arctic Skuas of note.
Landbirds were few and far between but did include three Lesser Whitethroats, two Yellow Wagtails and a summer-plumaged Water Pipit on the beach this morning, 

It was also very quiet overnight with just singles of Water Rail and Oystercatcher recorded.

Six Porpoises were feeding offshore.

Ten Red Admirals were seen and a 30 minute search of a small patch of ground in the moat produced six individuals of the rare Geotomus (petiti?) shieldbug.

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta and Geotomus shieldbug   Dungeness   18th April 2020