19th May

Torrential rain overnight grounded just a couple of Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher. Seawatching was slow but the regular Iceland Gull and a Mediterranean Gull were feeding at the Patch. A Hobby was seen and a party of five Peregrine Falcons coming in off the sea was an unexpected record. A pair of Stonechats with five very recently fledged young were seen in the Desert.

The main event of the day was the delivery to the Observatory of this superb Death's Head Hawkmoth having been found earlier on the outside of the one of the cottages near the seawatch hide.


Death's Head Hawkmoth Acherontia atropos   Dungeness  19th May 2017n

Also on the insect front, a few days ago I came across an image of a beetle taken at Dungeness on 29th April by Paul Hogben. I suspected it might be an example of Hister quadrimaculatus and this has now been confirmed by Mark Telfer. This is the only the fifth British record with four of them now coming from Dungeness.
Hister quadrimaculatus   Dungeness   29th April 2017  by Paul Hogben
  
Eleven Porpoises were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares were also seen.