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19th Mar

A much quieter day on both land and at sea. A Mediterranean Gull and three Sandwich Terns were about the best the sea had to offer. Migrants on the land included two Buzzards, ten Jackdaws, two Chiffchaffs, three Firecrests, 20 Redwing,  two Black Redstarts and eight  Wheatears.

The Audiomoth recorder was operated again last night with some excellent results. Redwings moved through for much of the night with a final total of 2276 calls counted although the passage between 0300 and 0500hrs with 2057 of the calls in this period. Also noted was a flock of Wigeon, a Snipe, seven passes by Common Gulls, a Fieldfare and nine Blackbirds.

Eight Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A Small Tortoiseshell was the first butterfly of the year.

On the national front there has been a widespread arrival of Alpine Swifts in recent days and one finally made it into the wider Dungeness recording area with one seen at Scotney this afternoon