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17th Mar

A light southerly breeze with drizzle through the morning resulted in a decent arrival of commoner migrants on the land. Of note were a Merlin, 25 Chiffchaffs, six Firecrests, three Redwings, three Song Thrushes, two Black Redstarts and five Wheatears.

Birds continued to move offshore, mainly during the morning, with 421 Brent Geese, 16 Shoveler, two Gadwall, two Pintail, eight Teal, three Pochard, a Velvet Scoter, 159 Common Scoters, three Red-breasted Mergansers, six Mediterranean Gulls and 13 Sandwich Terns.

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A Dark Sword-grass was of note in the moth trap.

Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon   Dungeness   17th March 2023