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8th Apr

A Red Kite flew south over the Observatory this morning and the first Whitethroat of the year was seen but it was otherwise very quiet on the land. Four Mediterranean Gulls, 55 Sandwich Terns and a Great Skua flew east offshore.

The calm conditions made for an excellent count of 31 Porpoises feeding offshore.

The non-avian highlight was the finding of the nationally very rare beetle Hister quadrimaculatus. Many of the earlier British records were also from Dungeness and it remains the stronghold for this species.although more records/sites have come to light in recent years.
Hister quadrimaculatus    Dungeness   8th April 2020