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9th May

The bird of the day was undoubtedly a Bee-eater which fed over the trapping area for a few seconds this morning but sadly it did not linger and was seen by only one observer. There were very few other migrants on the land except for a singing Firecrest at the Long Pits.

Seawatching was also fairly slow but did produce a total of nine Pomarine Skuas in the afternoon. There was a small easterly trickle of waders and Common Terns and three Black Terns were feeding at the Patch.

The first Silver Y of the year and a female Muslin Moth was seen. The latter is of interest as the mothtrap only attracts males of this species so we do not see the female very often. A total of at least 13 Grizzled Skippers were seen at the southern end of the trapping area. An Eyed Ladybird was a very unusual sighting at the Observatory although it is a common and widespread species elsewhere

Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica   Dungeness   9th May 2016

Eyed Ladybird Anatis ocellata   Dungeness   9th May 2016

There were at least 15 Porpoises feeding offshore.

Finally, a Broad Bean Vicia faba was found at the southern end of the trapping area and appears to be a new species for the Observatory recording area.


Broad Bean Vivia faba   Dungeness   9th May 2016