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23rd Sept

A bright, warm and sunny day saw another arrival of Chiffchaffs with about 100 in the area but not a great deal else other than a handful of Blackcaps and two Firecrests in the bushes, a trickle of hirundines, Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings overhead and another late juvenile Cuckoo. A party of three Buzzards also flew over.

Ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The moth traps were very quiet and butterfly numbers are beginning to fall away now but another Small Copper var radiata in the moat was a nice find by Paul Hogben.


Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas var radiata   Dungeness   23rd September 2016
Elsewhere, egrets continue to provide plenty of interest with the Cattle Egret still present and eight Great White Egrets in the area and all joining up with 24 Little Egrets in the evening roost at ARC. Two Little Stints were present on Burrowes.