25th June

Nothing to report on the birding front but whilst engaged in a breeding bird survey of the land within the fences of the power stations I came across a few examples of the Brassica Bug Eurydema oleracea - a fairly scarce shield bug and possibly a new species for Dungeness.


Brassica Bug Eurydema oleracea    Dungeness   25th June 2016

24th June

The bird of the day was a Black Kite which spent some time this afternoon trying to feed at the Fish Hut before heading north and then inland over Lade. (A video still is shown below.)
A Manx Shearwater and 210 Gannets flew west this evening.
Black Kite Milvus migrans   Dungeness   24th June 2016   D.Bunney
One Porpoise was seen offshore.

Overnight moth trapping was fairly poor again but did include a Pearly Underwing.
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia   Dungeness   24th June 2016

23rd June

After a night and early morning of heavy rain and almost constant thunder and lightning there was very little to be seen in the way of birds.

Night scenes from the Observatory.

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Stoat was seen near the Observatory.

The moth trap was very disappointing with just a Freyer's Pug of note but large numbers of Silver Y's and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth arrived during the day.

The Cattle Egret was seen on the RSPB Reserve again. 

22nd June

A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker was the first of the "autumn" along with three juvenile Stonechats but there was very little else to be seen.

A Miller was of note from the moth-trap.
The Miller Acronicta leporina   Dungeness   22nd June 2016

The Cattle Egret was still being seen at Hayflied 3 on the RSPB Reserve.

21st June

Several spells of seawatching during the day totalling 4.5hrs produced 526 Gannets, nine Fulmars, an Arctic Skua, 23 Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull, 115 Common Terns and three Black Terns heading west and a Great Skua moving east. The bird of the day though was a Storm Petrel which flew slowly west off the fishing boats this evening.
There were signs of autumn migration on the land as well with 17 Sand Martins flying south. 
A Little Egret also flew over the Point.

Eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The first Common Darter of the year was seen at the Long Pits where one of the Red-eared Terrapins was also sunning itself.

Elsewhere, the Cattle Egret was still feeding around the cows in Hayfield 3 on the RSPB Reserve.

20th June

A miserable day of strong winds and heavy rain during the morning followed later by thick fog. A few intrepid seawatchers scraped up to two Balearic and five Manx Shearwaters and 14 Little Terns moving west but there was little else to be seen.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

Of note elsewhere was a Cattle Egret with cattle in Hayfield 2 on the RSPB Reserve.

19th June

Very little to report today. A first-summer Mediterranean Gull was offshore.

Four Porpoises were also feeding offshore.

Butterflies included a couple of Painted Ladies, increasing numbers of Small Skippers and the first few of a new brood of Small Coppers.