29th July

With strong winds again today most of the interest remained offshore. A four-hour watch this afternoon produced a Manx Shearwater, an adult light-phase Arctic Skua and a steady trickle of Kittiwakes and Common Terns moving west whilst a party of six Black Terns with the feeding frenzy offshore. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were also present.

At least ten Porpoises and three Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Just before midnight a check of the kitchen windows produced this cricket nymph which I think must be a Southern Oak Bush-cricket.

Southern Oak Bush-cricket Meconema meridionale late-stage nymph   Dungeness   28th July 2016

28th July

Still fairly quiet. There was an increase in wader numbers with 78 Dunlins and 65 Sanderlings on the beach and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls also feeding offshore.
A juvenile Cuckoo and seven Willow Warblers were new arrivals on the land.

Just six birds were caught for ringing but they included this juvenile Green Woodpecker.
Green Woodpecker Picus viridis    Dungeness   28th July 2016

Ten Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

27th July

With fresher winds and drizzle today most of the interest was inevitably offshore. Almost seven hours of coverage eventually produced four Balearic and six Manx Shearwaters, ten Fulmars, singles of Arctic and Great Skua and a party of four Black Terns whilst three Mediterranean Gulls and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were feeding at the fishing boats or the Patch.

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were also feeding offshore.

26th July

Very quiet in the bushes but there was a trickle of passage overhead with a Green Sandpiper, a Turnstone, 45 Swifts and a Grey Wagtail of note whilst three Sanderlings and a Redshank flew west offshore. Three juvenile Mediterranean Gulls and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull were feeding at the Patch.

Eight Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Four Small Red-eyed Damselfly were found at the Long Pits where a Red-eared Terrapin was also seen again.
Small Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma viridulum   Dungeness   26th July 2016












25th July

Two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the fishing boats and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were feeding at the Patch. A Manx Shearwater flew east in the evening. 
Very quiet on the land with three very young Willow Warblers being trapped being the most interesting.

Ten Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Moth-trapping was disappointing with little of interest whilst on the butterfly front six Brown Argus and a single Painted Lady were of note.
Brown Argus Aricia agestis   Dungeness   25th July 2016

24th July

An hours seawatch this morning produced nine Manx Shearwaters whilst two Mediterranean Gulls at the Patch included a juvenile along with two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls. A Little Ringed Plover also flew over.
Two Willow Warblers were calling in the trapping area.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The moth trap was fairly unexciting but a Jersey Tiger was found in the afternoon near the Sanctuary. Despite becoming increasingly widespread  in the south-east this remains a pretty scarce moth at Dungeness.
Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria    Dungeness   24th July 2016

23rd July

An Arctic Skua was chasing gulls offshore this evening and three Mediterranean Gulls flew west. Eight Yellow Wagtails flew over.

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The first Small Red-eyed Damselfly of the summer was seen at the southern Long Pit.

Elsewhere, a Bee-eater made a brief appearance on the RSPB Reserve in the afternoon.