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Local weather


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28th Aug

Very quiet in the bushes with just a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat and a Redstart of note. Birds passing overhead included a Greenshank, seven Buzzards, a Hen Harrier out to sea, 60 Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Pipit.
An excellent total of 500 Sandwich Terns along with six Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas, two first-winter Mediterranean Gulls and a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull were among the throng of birds feeding offshore in the morning.

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

A Red-eared Terrapin was seen in the Southern Long Pit.

The highlights of the nights mothtrapping were a Rest Harrow, a Scarce Bordered Straw and the pyralid Palpita vitrealis. Four Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen during the day and a Brimstone butterfly was also noteworthy.
Palpita vitrealis   Dungeness   28th August 2017 
Last night three Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets were found and this evening another two individuals were also located. There was an excellent chorus of Tree Crickets.

Autumn Lady's Tresses are still in flower in the area.
Autumn Lady's Tresses  Spiranthes spiralis   Dungeness   28th August 2017
Elsewhere, the Pectoral Sandpiper was still present at the ARC Pit and viewable from the Hanson Hide and a party of seven Bee-eaters flew south over New Romney this morning but were not relocated.