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A few bits and pieces around bit nothing of any great note or in numbers. The best on the land were a Buzzard, two Greenshanks, a Merlin, 69 Jackdaws, four Sand Martins, 20 Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin. Seawatching produced just a Black-throated Diver, 81 Bar-tailed Godwits, 16 Mediterranean Gulls, two Great Skuas and an Arctic Skua of note. A second-winter Yellow-legged Gull was among the gulls at the Patch.
Siskin Carduelis spinus Dungeness 24th April 2020
Ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore. The first dragonfly of the year, a Hairy Dragonfly, was seen in the Moat.