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21st July


Not much to report on the bird front with just an overhead trickle of Swifts, Sand Martins and Yellow Wagtails whilst at least four Yellow-legged Gulls and two Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the Patch.

Moth-trapping was very productive with a Scalloped Hook-tip (3rd Obs record), Peach Blossom (6th Obs record) and the Fern (8th Obs record) of note.

Scalloped Hook-tip Falcaria lacertinaria   Dungeness   20th July 2016 
As well as moths the Viper's Bugloss is the host plant for to a variety of other insects. One of these is the weevil Mogulones geographicus shown below. Several were easily caught by sweeping the foodplant around the Observatory.
Mogulones geographicus   Dungeness   21st July 2016

Five Porpoises were feeding offshore.