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5th May

The clear highlight of the day was a Short-toed Treecreeper in the garden of Southview Cottage. It was very elusive during the morning but eventually showed very well in the late afternoon/evening. Migrants on the land were otherwise much the same as in recent days with a few Swallows passing through and a handful of Lesser Whitethroats and just four Willow Warblers in the bushes. Seawatching was also quieter today but still produced five Pomarine Skuas along with singles of Velvet Scoter, Black Tern, Great Skua and Black-throated Diver and three Manx Shearwaters of note.

Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla   Dungeness   5th May 2023

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A Brimstone butterfly was an unusual record whilst there was a significant arrival of Painted Lady's, Red Admirals and Silver Y's during the day.