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Local weather


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7th May

Another day lacking common migrants but still with some notable birds overhead including a party of four Red Kites, three Buzzards and a Bee-eater as well as a Spotted Flycatcher and two Siskins. Many hours of seawatching produced the highlights of 13 Pomarine Skuas  along with a Shag, 21 Fulmars, 13 Sanderlings, four Great Skuas, five Arctic Skuas, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 229 Sandwich Terns, 727 Common Tern, a flock of 13 Arctic Terns and eight Little Terns.
Red Kite Milvus milvus   Dungeness   7th May 2020
Six Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Two Terrapins were seen  at the Long Pits.

Insects of note included our third Hister quadrimculatus (a beetle) of the year, a Denticulated Leatherbug and at least 54 examples of the (formerly rare) shieldbug Geotomus (petiti.?) 

Hister quadrimaculatus   Dungeness  7th May 2020
Geotomus species   44 live specimens  Dungeness   7th May 2020