2nd July

A little bit of variety today with a Red Kite flying over the Observatory at 0930hrs and then heading off west and a Little Egret and a Common Sandpiper at the Long Pits. Two Sand Martins and 350 Swifts also passed overhead. A trickle of birds passing offshore included 29 Mediterranean Gulls and 108 Sandwich Terns. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was feeding on the beach by the fishing boats.


Gannet Morus bassana   Dungeness    2nd July 2017
This bird also came in to inspect the offerings at the fishing boats.


Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis   juvenile   Dungeness   2nd July 2017

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

The moth traps were very good again this morning with over 100 species trapped and including a Sub-angled Wave (only our 3rd record) and the pyralids, Palpita vitrealis (10th Observatory record  the first to be caught before 11th September. Two Sitochroa palealis were also trapped and two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were seen at the Long Pits.