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1st Apr

The wind finally dropped overnight although it made for a cold start to the days proceedings. The highlight of the day was a Serin seen by one observer this morning. Migrants on the land were otherwise thinly spread with three Snipe, seven Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest and three Bullfinches of note while a dribble of birds passing overhead included a Buzzard and five Siskins.
The sea was also quiet with just four Red-breasted Mergansers, 63 Red-throated Divers, two Bar-tailed Godwits and 27 Sandwich Terns seen in the morning and a few Brent Geese passing through in the afternoon.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore.

A day-flying Light Orange Underwing moth was seen in the trapping area.

A quick search for bees this afternoon produced a Yellow-shouldered Nomad Bee Nomada ferruginata. This is a pretty scarce bee at a national level and the only "recent" records for Kent appear to be from Dungeness.

Nomada ferruginata   Dungeness   1st April 2020
Elsewhere, the big news was another pass over New Romney by an immature White-tailed Eagle but which again proved impossible to see from Dungeness given the distance and heat haze at the time. In addition the first Swallows and Sedge Warblers of the year were seen.