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Migration Time.

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20th July

A wet and windy start to the day, with 22mm of rain falling overnight.

The main interest of the day were five juvenile Yellow-Legged Gulls, present within the group of gulls at the Fishing Boats.

Only a small number of early migrants were recorded throughout the day with 19 Sand Martins, four Swifts, a Whimbrel and single Yellow Wagtail noted.

At least two Porpoise and a single Grey Seal were also seen from the Fishing Boats.

Elsewhere a Roseate Tern made an appearance on the reserve, first being spotted on ARC before moving to Burrows.


19th July

Finally a bit of change in the birds today.

A Whimbrel and seven Yellow Wagtails flew over the trapping area early this morning and a Hobby was hunting over the top of Long Pits in late morning.

On the shingle in front of the patch this morning, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was seen, with possibly the same individual present at the Fishing Boats this afternoon.

An afternoon seawatch produced 19 Kittiwakes, six Mediterranean Gulls and Two Arctic Skuas, a light and dark phase bird, all heading west down channel. 135 Swifts and 47 Sand Martins headed out across the channel.

A single Porpoise was also seen from the boats.

18th July

A windy start to the morning with a strong south-west breeze picking up by mid-morning.

As usual most of the interest was on the sea, with three Kittiwakes, three Mediterranean Gulls and a single Guillemot heading west down the channel. A small number of Common and Sandwich Terns were feeding off shore from the Fishing Boats.

Three Porpoise and a Grey Seal were also seen from the Fishing Boats.

17th July

A quiet but warm day on the shingle today with the interest largely being restricted to the sea again. Two Mediterranean Gulls headed east and a few Sandwich and Common Terns were feeding off the point.

Sand Martins were again on the move with 219 being recorded heading out towards from the point and a further c.100 feeding over the shingle opposite Prospect Cottage. Two Black Redstarts were present along the Power Station Fence.

Six Brown Hares including two leverets were present in the Desert. Three Porpoise and a Grey Seal were present off the Point.

A single Sussex Emerald was the best from two rather quiet moth traps.

16th July

A still warm day with the majority of the interest being restricted to the sea. An afternoon seawatch produced a single Common Scoter, two Mediterranean Gulls headed east and a few Common Terns and Sandwich Terns were feeding off the point.

Sand Martins have started to move with c.250 heading south across the Channel and a futher c.250 roosting on the shingle ridges and telegraph lines. Twelve Yellow Wagtails and Two Whimbrels were also recorded throughout the day.

Four Porpoise and two Grey Seal were also seen from the Fishing Boats.

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.