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27th Apr

The day started with thick fog but cleared to a bright and sunny afternoon. Passage migrants remain thin on the ground but did include a Turtle Dove, the first Cuckoo of the year and two Sedge Warblers. There was very little movement offshore with just 217 Brent Geese and a Great Skua of note. A German colour-ringed Mediterranean Gull and two Yellow-legged Gulls were seen at the Patch. 

Just four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore this afternoon.

The only Early Spider Orchid growing on Dungeness was in decent condition today despite the drought and desiccating NE winds of late. The colony of Early Purple Orchids is also still in reasonable condition. Another fairly scarce plant coming into flower now is the Small-flowered Buttercup.

Small-flowered Buttercup Ranunculus parviflora   Dungeness   27th April 2020
One of the least inspring scarce plants on Dungeness
  

Early Spider Orchid Ophrys sphegodes   Dungeness   27th April 2020
Early Purple Orchids Orchis mascula   Dungeness   27th April 2020
Still in decent condition.