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11th Sept

There was a small arrival of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs this morning but these were quickly eclipsed by the finding of a Tawny Pipit on the shingle between the fishing boats beach and the road. Although a fairly regular if scarce migrant at Dungeness in the 70's and 80's this species has become a major rarity in recent years with the last one to be seen at Dungeness occurring in 2005. A Wryneck was also reported to be in the Desert but searches failed to relocate it. There was some visible migration with a flock of 11 Buzzards and 15 Grey Wagtails of note.
Seawatching was also quiet in the near flat conditions with just three Balearic Shearwaters, three Arctic Skuas and 14 Black Terns of note.


Eleven Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The highlight of a fairly quiet moth trap was this scarce pyralid, Palpita vitrealis. - only the ninth Observatory record.
Palpita vitrealis   Dungeness   11th September 2016