24th August

Another day with a small scatter of migrants on the land and bits and pieces passing overhead. Of note among the grounded migrants were 45 Willow Warblers, 23 Wheatears, two Redstarts and two Whinchats whilst a Snipe, 72 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and six Tree Pipits flew over.
A Balearic Shearwater and two Arctic Skuas were seen offshore this morning.

The moth traps were low on quantity this morning but were extremely in quality with a stunning Clifden Nonpareil (our second record) and also a very scarce pyralid Loxostege sticticalis (our fourth record). Singles of Scarce Bordered Straw, Dark Sword-grass and Pearly Underwing were also caught and at least four Hummingbird Hawkmoths were feeding at the Red Valerian in the Moat with another at the top of the recording area..


Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini   Dungeness   23rd August 2017

Photographing the Clifden Nonpareil


Loxostege sticticalis   Dungeness   23rd August 2017