There was another good arrival of migrants this morning. with 70 Willow Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, 12 Reed Warblers and two Pied Flycatchers and Sand Martins trickled through during the day. Four Buzzards and a Snipe also flew over and three Mediterranean Gulls and six Yellow-legged Gulls were seen at the boats where a flock of 17 Arctic Skuas were a surprise. The gulls at the fishing boats included colour-ringed Herring Gulls from Felixstowe and Portland and an interesting small, dark adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.
|Herring Gulls Larus argentatus Dungeness 22nd August 2022
Colour-ringed birds from Felixstowe, Essex and Portland Harbour, Dorset
|Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus Adult Dungeness 22nd August 2022
Small, dark and long-winged and appears to be showing an arrested moult pattern with P1-2 moulted. Unfortunately it is not colour-ringed.
At least 15 Porpoises were feeding offshore and included a white (albino?) youngster.
A Bordered Straw was of note from the moth traps.