Friday 5 May 2023

Pomarine Skuas

 Dungeness - warm, dry and sunny, SW3 - 0845-1045hrs - Seawatching this morning returned to being quieter following yesterdays pulse of Pomarine Skuas. However, several more did move through before I arrived and I manage to see a single Pom pass the buoy at a reasonable distance at 1030hrs. Otherwise it was very poor fare with just a few terns, two Med Gulls, eight Shelducks, a Red-throated Diver and several inbound Swallows. A Short-toed Treecreeper discovered in a private garden on the Estate proved to be typically elusive.

                                   Ted settling in for a seawatch

Yesterday an early morning circuit of the farmland to the north of NR produced a smart male Whinchat by the old farm and a Yellow Wagtail over. In the evening a funnel of 30 Swifts over Folkestone town centre was noteworthy. This afternoon whilst working in the sun-drenched garden it was pleasing to see a few butterflies at long last: Orange Tip, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue. 

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