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28th May

Very quiet for birds with just two Willow Warblers of interest on the land and small passage of Sandwich and Common Terns and Mediterranean Gulls and a single Black Tern. The Iceland Gull was at the Patch again.

Moth trapping overnight produced this Pretty Chalk Carpet - only the third Observatory record. Several Rest Harrow moths were also seen.
Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata   Dungeness   28th May 2017

Rest Harrow Aplasta ononaria   Dungeness   28th May 2017
Two Grizzled Skippers and a Brown Argus were seen.

Large numbers of Four-spotted Chasers can be seen at the Long Pits where the first few Black-tailed Skimmers are also appearing. Some of the former are of the form praeubila.
Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata var praenubila   Dungeness   28th May 2017