29th August

There was an obvious increase in Willow Warblers numbers today with at least 50 counted along with a Sedge Warbler, seven Wheatears and a Spotted Flycatcher whilst a Buzzard, a Common Sandpiper a few Yellow Wagtails and four Tree Pipits flew over.
A Balearic Shearwater and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull flew west and a couple of Arctic Skuas were lingering offshore whilst two juvenile Caspian Gulls were feeding at the fishing boats. 

A Common Pipistrelle was flying around the Observatory and Moth Traps this evening.

Several Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets were seen at their usual sites but of greater interest was a new individual found at the North end of the Long Pits. The Tree Cricket were in full voice at dusk.

A Clouded Yellow was seen in the moat whilst moth trapping produced two Vestals, a Maiden's Blush and Clay Triple Lines.

28th August

Another very quiet day in fairly windy conditions. 

A new juvenile Caspian Gull was seen  at the fishing boats in the afternoon along with four Yellow-legged Gulls whilst at least three Arctic Skuas were lingering offshore.

Two Grey Seals and at least six Porpoises were feeding offshore.

27th August


A much windier day than of late produced a handful of birds offshore but very little in the bushes. The best of the seawatching were a party of five Teal and two Sooty Shearwaters whilst three Arctic Skuas and singles of both Little and Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore. A juvenile Caspian Gull was also attracted to the fish and bread offerings at the fishing boats. Four Snipe, a Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher were seen at the Long Pits.

Four Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets were found in a search this afternoon.

The Small Copper var. extensa was found again in the same area of mustard plants.

A total of 11 Autumn Lady's Tresses were found in flower in the trapping area.

26th August

It remains pretty quiet on the land with just a Redstart, a Whinchat and a handful of commoner migrants to be seen whilst overhead there were two Grey Wagtails, 185 Yellow Wagtails and four Tree Pipits of note.
The sea also remains very quiet in the hot and calm conditions with just one Arctic Skua seen during the afternoon along with a few Sandwich and Common Terns heading west. A juvenile Little Gull and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull were also feeding offshore.

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The large population of Small Coppers continues to produce a few interesting variant forms with another var radiata and a var.extensa being found in the vegetation around the red/white gate.

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas  var.. extensa (top) and var. radiata (bottom)
The moth trap was quieter last night with the most unusual capture being a Scorched Carpet - only the 13th Observatory record. A Spruce Carpet and a Six-striped Rustic were also unusual species for us. A new Jersey Tiger spent most of the day in the Observatory garden and three Hummngbird Hawkmoths were also  seen.

25th August

A blisteringly hot day with no breeze resulted in a few grounded migrants including ten Lesser Whitethroats, two Pied Flycatchers, two Spotted Flycatchers and five Whinchats but still hardly any Willow Warblers. Small numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins trickled through during the day and two Tree Pipits, 95 Yellow Wagtails and two Tree Sparrows were also of note.
The sea was very slow in the flat conditions with just two lingering Arctic Skuas of any interest.

Seven Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

It was easily the best night of the year for moths with the Observatory traps producing Dusky Hook-tip (4th Observatory record), The Gem, Clay Triple-lines, Cypress Pug, Jersey Tiger and Scarce Bordered Straw of note among the macro moths whilst three Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen during the day.



Dusky Hook-tip Drepana curvatula, Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera and Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria   Dungeness 

A Holly Blue was flying in the Old Lighthouse Garden. Large numbers of Common Blues, Brown Argus and Small Coppers can still be seen. Two Small Coppers of the form radiata were also seen.

Another check for rare orthoptera this afternoon was surprisingly productive with five Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets including two new individuals being found.


Sickle-bearing Bush crickets Phaneroptera falcata   Dungeness   25th August 2016


24th August

Desperately quiet in the bushes again with barely a migrant to be seen and just two Whinchats and seven Wheatears of any interest. Overhead passage improved a bit with 70 Sand Martins, 950 Swallows, 75 Yellow Wagtails and a Corn Bunting moving SE during the day. At least 20 Swifts were flying around the Point this evening.
The sea picked up a bit in the afternoon with 14 Balearic Shearwaters (including a flock of 12) and two Black Terns and two lingering Arctic Skuas.

At least six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore..

Moth trapping produced a Cypress Pug and our second Double Kidney of the year. Two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen and four Clouded Yellows came in off the sea.

The Tree Crickets and Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets gave another good showing this evening with a new adult male and a new male nymph of the latter.

23rd August

Despite the considerable change in the weather it was still a very quiet on the land with just a couple of Garden Warblers, five Lesser Whitethroats and a Sedge Warbler in the bushes whilst a Buzzard, 30 Yellow Wagtails, two Tree Pipits and a Crossbill flew over. 
Very quiet offshore.

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

Good numbers of butterflies were seen including 18 Brown Argus, a Holly Blue and a Smal Copper of the variety radiata. Moth trapping overnight showed a slight improvement in numbers with Orange Swift and Cypress Pug being the best on offer.

An evening visit to the Desert produced six Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets and lots of Tree Crickets in the usual locations.

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