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6:39AM

Dungeness Day out

After the usual early morning clifftop moth trap session [quite long as over 60 species, though only Lesser Treble-bar was of real interest], a couple of migrant Willow Warblers were around the house.

Then on to what proved to be a rather good day at Dungeness, quite like the "old times" in fact. It was a five heron day, with Bittern past the viewing ramp, 4 Great White Egrets outnumbering Littles, and a very cute juvenile Cattle Egret on the ARC pit-never seen one in this plumage before-where did it come from ?

It was the ARC pit that was the focus of interest, lots of mud attracting 6 Wood Sandpipers [ pictured;up to 10 reported]-very much a feature of this autumn, indeed it was a challenge to pick out a lone Green Sandpiper, these seem scarce. Half a dozen each of Common Sandpipers and Ruffs, a Little-ringed Plover, an Avocet, a Little Gull and a Garganey gave us all plenty to look at. On Burrowes, fewer waders but a moulting adult Black Tern amongst the excellent crop of juvenile Common Terns reared there this year.

Good to see large numbers of Marmalade Hoverflies across the area over the last few days.

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