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18th Sep

Again another day with a fresh north-westerly winds, but with a slight increase in migrant birds. Visible migration included a Swift, a Hobby, 100 Sand and House Martin, 300 Swallow, seven Yellow Wagtails, three Grey Wagtail, 230 Meadow Pipits and two Tree Pipit. While there were 70 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and a Redstart in the bushes. Offshore passage again provided the interest with 18 Sooty Shearwaters, three Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, 300 Gannet, two Great Skua and nine Arctic Skua all flying east. While nine Ringed Plover, 19 Dunlin and 600 Sandwich Terns flew west. A first-winter Caspian Gull was again feeding in the frenzy.  

15 Porpoise, a Common Seal and two Grey Seal were offshore. 

A Willow Emerald Damselfly came in off the sea and rested on the shingle.

Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea     Dungeness 18th September 2022

Willow Emerald Damselfly Chalcolestes viridis     Dungeness 18th September 2022