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22nd Apr

A bit calmer this morning but still clear and cold and still very little in the way of grounded migrants but a Glossy Ibis which has been on the RSPB for the last couple of weeks made a couple of flights into Observatory airspace. A Green Sandpiper and three Sand Martins passed through and 92 Carrion Crows flew out to sea. Seawatching remains fairly slow going but did include a Black-throated Diver, two Manx Shearwaters, 35 Whimbrel, 175 Bar-tailed Godwits, eight Mediterranean Gulls and an Arctic Skua.

Six Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

There were quite a few butterflies on the wing this afternoon with a Holly Blue of note but being totally eclipsed by a super Large Tortoiseshell.


Large Tortoiseshell Aglais polychloros   Dungeness  22nd April 2020