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11th July

Most of the days interest was in a large arrival/movement of Mediterranean Gulls with an minimum of 350 birds being seen along with at least three juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls. Single Whimbrel and Curlew also flew west and 690 Swifts and 16 Sand Martins flew out to sea.

Mediterranean Gulls Larus melanocephalus   Dungeness   11th July 2023

Five Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Some outstanding late news concerns a moth trapped by Dorothy Beck on 7th July, Searching through the foreign literature by Sean Clancy eventually showed it to be an example of Hadula odontites and is a new species to Britain.

Hadula odontites   Lydd-on-sea   7th July 2023