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20th June

A few bird of interest on land today with Marsh Harrier hunting the Long Pits, Cuckoo, Black Redstart and a Siskin over. Offshore 38 Common Scoter and five Mediterranean Gulls east.

On the RSPB Reserve the first returning Green Sandpiper was noted on the ARC Pit. 

A Grey Seal and three Porpoises were feeding offshore.

Higher overnight temperatures meant a busier Moth Trap this morning with 51 Macro and 49 Micro Moth Species recorded although nothing of real note except a nice Bird's Wing which are always nice to see. Migrant Moths caught at Pluto were Sub-angled Wave and Angle-striped Sallow which was just the second area record. Fourteen Red Admiral and a Large White were noted.

Bird's Wing Dypterygia scabruiscula   Dungeness   19th June 2017 (Lee Gregory)

Angle-striped Sallow Enargia paleacea   Dungeness   19th June 2017 (Lee Gregory)
Sub-angled Wave Scopula nigropunctata   Dungeness   19th June 2017 (Lee Gregory)