16th March

A day of thick fog which tried to clear several times but failed. It did clear for a while at the Long Pits enough to bring a few Insects out but on the bird front very little of note was seen except six Chiffchaff and one of the Iceland Gulls on the beach opposite the Patch late on.

At the Long Pits good numbers of bumblebees were attracted to Sallow blossom mostly Buff-tailed and one White-tailed. Butterflies recorded were the first Red Admiral of the year and six Small Tortoiseshell. The overnight moth trap caught ten Hebrew Character, three Clouded Drab, Common Quaker and two Agonopterix scopariella.

Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris   Dungeness   16th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)


White-tailed Bumblebee Bombus leucorum   Dungeness   16th March 2017   (Lee Gregory)


Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta   Dungeness   15th March 2016   (Lee Gregory)

Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi   Dungeness   15th March 2016   (Lee Gregory)


Agonopterix scopariella   Dungeness   15th March 2016   (Lee Gregory)
Highlights from the RSPB Reserve were the drake Ring-necked Duck, three Smew, two GoosanderYellow-legged Gull and Long-eared Owl.