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24th Sep

A strong SSW wind resulted in most of the interest being offshore. Nearly eight hours of watching produced 32 Sanderlings, 73 Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull, 606 Sandwich Terns, a Black Tern, 13 Great Skuas, 16 Arctic Skuas and the highlights of 18 Sooty Shearwaters, seven Manx Shearwaters, eight Balearic Shearwaters and a Leach's Petrel. A juvenile/first-winter Caspian Gull made a brief visit to the puddles at the Point. At least 4,000 Swallows and 2,500 House Martins also passed through.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   24th September 2023

Four Porpoises were feeding offshore.

The moth traps produced another Convolvulus Hawkmoth and a Dewick's Plusia.

Dewick's Plusia Macdunnoughia confusa   Dungeness   24th September 2023