There was a bit of movement offshore and overhead but grounded migrants remain in incredibly short supply. Over five hours of seawatching produced 118 Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser, two Mediterranean Gulls, 19 Manx Shearwaters and a Hobby of note. Two Egyptian Geese flew around the Long Pits, a Honey Buzzard flew north over the area at 1040hrs and 110 Swallows moved through during the day. A Whinchat in the Moat this morning was also of note.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.
The most exciting find of the day though was a group of four Green-winged Orchids flowering in the restricted area inside the Power Station perimeter fences. As far as I can tell the only previous record of this species in the area was in 1961.
|Green-winged Orchids Anacamptis morio Dungeness 10th May 2023