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27th Apr

The wind finally dropped but still a cold morning. There were a handful of migrants on the land including the first two Lesser Whitethroats and a Garden Warbler of the spring as well as a Buzzard, 50 Swallows, seven Yellow Wagtails, four Lesser Redpolls and a Siskin. The sea was quieter than of late but ten hours of watching eventually produced three Pomarine Skuas of note along with 115 Brent Geese, a Red-breasted Merganser, three Black-throated Divers, two Manx Shearwaters, ten Grey Plovers, 31 Whimbrel, 120 Bar-tailed Godwits, 33 Little Gulls, 12 Little Terns, 280 Common Terns, eight Great Skuas and six Arctic Skuas.

Eight Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The warm weather brought a few insects out with two Grizzled Skippers and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the Trapping Area. A 30 minute search of the moat produced five specimens of our rare shieldbug Geotomus petiti and two specimens of the rare beetle, Hister quadrimaculatus

Hister quadrimaculatus   Dungeness   27th April 2021

Elsewhere, a Wood Warbler was seen and heard singing occasionally at Scotney and a couple of Ring Ouzels were seen at Dengemarsh Gully.

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix   Scotney   27th April 2021