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Migration Time.

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15th July

There were five Mediterranean Gulls at the Patch this morning and a Marsh Harrier, a Green Sandpiper, 52 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows and 11 Yellow Wagtails flew over.

At least four Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Very poor for moths overnight with cold and breezy conditions.

14th July

Not a great deal to be seen today although coverage was somewhat limited by the televising of the final of the Cricket World Championships. A Garganey passed east offshore with two Common Scoters and four Mediterranean Gulls also flew east.

A Latticed Heath and the two micros, Calybites phasianipenella and Argyresthia goedartella were the highlights form the moth traps.

Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.

The Serin was still singing at Littlestone.


13th July

Very quiet on the bird scene with just a single Mediterranean Gull offshore and 50 Swifts and 11 Yellow Wagtails passing overhead.

A Lesser Emperor dragonfly which found its way into the Heligoland Trap was a very nice surprise.


Lesser Emperor Anax partenope   Dungeness   13th July 2019
The moth traps were very busy again with the highlights being two pyralids with our second record of Anania perlucidalis and a Neophopteryx angustella.

Anania perlucidalis and Neophopteryx angustella   Dungeness   13th July 2019

12th July

A Green Sandpiper was seen at the Long Pits and another was heard after dark at the Observatory, a Buzzard flew over and a Mistle Thrush was seen in the trapping area.
Eleven Mediterranean Gulls were seen offshore.

A search for dragonflies this afternoon at the Long Pits proved highly productive with a(the) male Lesser Emperor, six Small Red-eyed Damselflies, seven Red-veined Darters and two Common Emeralds being found.

The moth traps were also very busy this morning with our first record of Bloxworth Snout being the highlight. Other notable records included our 14th record of Large Emerald, seven Sussex Emeralds, our 19th True Lovers Knot and sixth ever Slender Brindle and also a Yarrow Plume



Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis, Large Emerald Geometra papilionaria, Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina, True Lovers Knot. Lycophotia porphyrea

A Brown Hare was also seen on the land and 12 Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.


Elsewhere, the Serin was still singing at Littlestone.

11th July

A quiet day on the bird front which produced just a Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard and seven Mediterranean Gulls of note.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore. 

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

There were plenty of moths in the traps this morning with the highlight being this superb Rose Plume. This is only the second Observatory record of this scarce plume having only being added to the list last year.
Rose Plume Cnaemidophous rhododactyla   Dungeness   11th July 2019
An afternoon check of the Long Pits proved worthwhile with the finding of a male Lesser Emperor dragonfly. 

Elsewhere, the Serin was still singing from its regular sites at Littlestone.

10th July

A quiet day on the Point with the only notable records coming from the sea. Two Yellow-legged Gulls and 12 Mediterranean Gulls heading east this afternoon were the best of a quiet sea watch.

At least three Porpoise and a single Grey Seal were also reported from the Fishing Boats.

The moth trap produced a further four fresh looking Sussex Emeralds this morning in what seems to be a good year for them. Also of note was our ninth record of Nut-tree Tussock
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli   Dungenesss    10th July 2019

9th July

A quiet day in the recording area today with a few Swifts, two Yellow Wagtails and a single Grey Wagtail noted over the Observatory this morning and nine Black Redstarts were seen around the Power Station compound. A single Whimbrel was also seen on the point this evening.

Four Sussex Emeralds were the best from the Moth Trap. 

Weasel was seen around the rabbit warren between West Beach and Lloyds.

In other news, the shieldbug found on the reserve has been identified as Geotomus petiti a new species for Britain! More on this to follow.

8th July

Most of the interest today was in Mediterranean Gulls with at least 74 passing east.

Several recently fledged broods of Black Redstart are a regular site around the perimeter of the power station.

Three Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Thresher Shark was also seen breaching.

Three Sussex Emeralds were the best of a poor nights moth trapping. The tachinid fly Tachina grossa was seen at the Long Pits. 


7th July

Birds passing offshore included 24 Mediterranean Gulls and a Little Tern. Very little on the land.

At least four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The moth traps were very disappointing following a cool night with just a singe Obscure Wainscot of any note.

On the RSPB Reserve, a Temminck's Stint was showing well from Firth Hide and four Wood Sandpipers were seen at the ARC Pit.