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Migration Time.

25th June

Nothing to report on the bird front but more thunderstorms in the early hours brought a small arrival of migrant moths. Unfortunately the storms also resulted in power cuts which obviously affected the catch but there was one notable highlight in the form of the 4th British record of the superb pyrale Chrysocrambus linetella.
Other bits in the traps included four Dioryctria abietella and our 3rd record of Red-necked Footman
Elsewhere, a Ringed Border was caught at Littlestone - the third area record of this very recent colonist.
Chrysocrambus linetella   Dungeness   25th June 2019


Red-necked Footman Atolmis rubricollis   Dungeness   24th June 2019


Ringed Border Stegania cararia   Littlestone   24th June  2019
Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

24th June

The highlight of the day on the bird front was a brief visit to the Point of two Bee-eaters which came in over the New Lighthouse, flew round the Old Lighthouse and then quickly headed north and out of sight this afternoon. Four Yellow Wagtails also passed through during the day. A visit to the Patch produced our first juvenile Mediterranean Gull and Black-headed Gull of the summer.

Despite continuing low numbers of the moths in the traps last nights effort produced some surprising records with only the third Dungeness example of the Common Rock-rose feeding pyralid Hypochalcia ahenella. The last Dungeness record was in 1986. In addition, another pyralid, Dioryctria abietella was also likely to be a migrant. We also had our earliest-ever Langmaid's Yellow Underwing.
Large numbers of Painted Lady butterflies are now starting to arrive.



Hypochalcia ahenella, Dioryctria abietella and Langmaid's Yellow Undering.   Dungeness    24th June 2018


23rd June

Very little to report. A Marsh Harrier was hunting over the Desert.

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares were seen in the Desert.  

Butterflies seen today included 40 Painted Ladys but the moth traps were very quiet with just 51 moths caught in two traps and nothing of note.

22nd June

Very quiet with just a Corn Bunting over the Observatory of note on the land.

A Porpoise was seen offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the beach.

Last night at around midnight there was another impressive but brief display of Noctilucent Clouds.

Another display of Noctilucent Clouds   Dungeness   21/22nd June 2019

21st June

A Mediterranean Gull which flew west was the only bird of note.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

20th June

Very little change on the bird front.

A Brown Hare was seen in the Desert.

Strong winds continue to hinder butterfly and dragonfly observations but numbers of Painted Lady seemed to increase during the day.

The Serin was singing again at Littlestone.

19th June

Prolonged thunderstorms overnight and at first light produced few new birds with just 27 Swifts of interest.

A Stoat was seen.

The moth traps were not run  and the weather limited butterfly and dragonfly sightings. 

18th June

A Curlew, 31 Swifts and a Grey Wagtail flew over the Observatory this morning and five Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore.

Three Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert.

A Red-eared Terrapin was seen in the Southern Long Pit.

The moth traps were a bit better than of late with a Rest Harrow and a Rosy Wave of note. In addition, another 61 Rest Harrow moths were seen at the three locations around the Long Pits. 

A Marbled White in the Moat was the first of the year.




17th June

A Buzzard, 40 Swifts and a Grey Wagtail flew over.  Five Mediterranean Gulls were seen offshore.

A Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A new colony of Rest Harrow moths was found inside the Power Station perimeter but the moth traps themselves were disappointing.

16th June

Two Yellow-legged Gulls were seen at the Patch this morning and a Mediterranean Gull flew west this evening. Quiet on the land except for 60 Swifts flying over the Observatory this morning.

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A White Colon was the highlight of another small overnight catch of moths and a Variable Damselfly was seen at the Long Pits.

The long-staying Serin was seen at Littlestone again.