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1st Apr

A bit of a turnaround in the weather with an increasingly strong and cold NE wind developing. There was very little on the land except for seven Wheatears and a Firecrest although there was a bit of passage overhead including two Swallows, two Rock Pipits, 70 Linnets and 35 Goldfinches. The sea was also fairly slow with just four Shelduck, two Little Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull and 61 Sandwich Terns along with the first two Common Terns of the year. The Iceland Gull was feeding at the Patch again this evening.

Sixteen Porpoises were seen offshore.

There was a distinct improvement in the moth trap overnight with the best being only our sixth record of Red Chestnut.

Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa   Dungeness   1st April 2021    

Two Mottled Shieldbugs were seen.