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30th July

A handful of birds in the trapping area included the first Garden Warbler of the autumn and a few Willow Warblers. Offshore passage was almost non-existent but a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and three Yellow-legged Gulls were feeding along the beach or at the Patch.

There were lots of butterflies to be seen with well over 130 Small Coppers and 20 Brown Argus of note.

A fairly small catch of moths included one surprise in the form of a Crescent Striped. This is the ninth Observatory record but the first since 1997.

Crescent Striped Apamea oblonga   Dungeness   30th July 2016
Offshore there were at least eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal feeding.