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25th Apr

A return to a brisk and cold NE wind but with cloud for a time. The morning seawatch was fairly slow but it picked up in the late afternoon/evening with six Pomarine Skuas of note while other day totals included two Gadwall, six Red-breasted Mergansers, a Manx Shearwater, four Mediterranean Gulls, 12 Great Skuas and ten Arctic Skuas. Two Yellow-legged Gulls were on the beach at the Patch. Very quiet on the land with just a few "Greenland" Wheatears of interest.


"Greenland" Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe ssp leucorhoa   Dungeness   25th April 2020
Five Porpoises and a Common Seal were seen offshore.

The micro-moth Adela reaumurella are starting to appear in good numbers among the Sallows in the trapping area and good numbers of Small Coppers are on the wing.
Adela reaumurella   Dungeness   25th April 2020

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas   Dungeness   25th April 2020
A very lightly marked individual perhaps referable to the named variation oblitera