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5th Sep

Nearly three hours of seawatching during the day eventually produced 16 Wigeon, 102 Sandwich Terns and three Arctic Skuas. A Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, 500 Swallows, 70 Yellow Wagtails and two Grey Wagtails flew over. Grounded migrants were still present in low numbers with 12 Willow Warblers, four Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart and five Whinchats of note.

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata   Dungeness   5th September 2023

Two Porpoises and singles of Common and Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Two Ornate Shieldbugs were seen at the front of the Observatory along with hundreds of Firebugs and an evening visit to the Trapping Area found seven male Large Coneheads and lots of singing Tree Crickets but only two Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets.