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Heavy, damp cloud this morning produced a male Blue-headed Wagtail. four Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit and a Crossbill. Very quiet offshore with just a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull at the Patch of interest and a Manx Shearwater and three Mediterranean Gulls passed through. Two Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert. A Clay Triple-lines was trapped overnight.
Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia Dungeness 10th May 2020
The third Black Kite of the spring for the area was seen on the RSPB Reserve and was just about visible from the Observatory.