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6th May

There was still a stiff easterly wind blowing today but was showing signs of dropping by the evening. Grounded migrants remain almost non-existent but a bit of overhead passage included 29 Swallows, six Yellow Wagtail and a Tree Pipit. The morning seawatch was also very slow but passage picked up a bit in the evening with two Pomarine Skuas and eight Arctic Skuas of note.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Butterflies included five Grizzled Skippers and the first Common Blues of the year and two Variable Damselflies were seen at the Long Pits..

Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae   Dungeness   6th May 2020
Another Nomad Bee, Nomada fabriciana was caught in front of the Observatory and looks like it might be a new species for Dungeness. Two male Grey-backed Mining-bees Andrena vaga were found at the Sycamore in the trapping area.
Nomada fabriciana   Dungeness   6th May 2020
The first few plants of Heath Speedwell are starting to flower at their only site on Dungeness.
Heath Speedwell Veronica officinalis   Dungeness   6th May 2020