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2016 Report

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8th Aug

Sandwich Terns and Kittiwakes continue to move westwards in good numbers offshore and where 5.5hrs of seawatching eventually produced a Manx Shearwater, four Arctics and a Great Skua, three Little Terns and a Little Gull.
It was very quiet on the land although a flock of four Green Sandpipers was seen at the Long Pits and two Great White Egrets flew over the Observatory at 0720hrs and on towards the RSPB Reserve.

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen.


The best of the moth trap were this Poplar Kitten (only the seventh Observatory record) and a Scarce Bordered Straw.
Poplar Kitten Furcula bifida    Dungeness   8th August 2017
Also of potential interest is this small, brightly-coloured wasp which was seen a couple of days ago. Having done some research I think it might be Hedychrum nobile and would be a significant record.



Hedychrum nobile    Dungeness   6th August 2017