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4th May

A bright and sunny day with a light SSW breeze resulted in a mere trickle of migrants on the land although a flock of 23 Buzzards was particularly noteworthy. Other bits from the land included 21 Swallows, a Whinchat, four Yellow Wagtails and singles of Redpoll and Siskin. Despite the conditions the sea was disappointing with 7.25hrs of watching producing just 219 Common Scoters, two Avocets, 33 Whimbrel, 81 Bar-tailed Godwits, five Little Terns, a Black Tern, a Pomarine Skua and five Arctic Skuas.

Fifteen Porpoises and singles of Common and Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

A few butterflies were on the wing with two Brimstones and an aberrant Small Coppers (probably radiata) of interest. 

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas abb radiata   Dungeness   4th May 2024