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2016 Report

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28th May

What seemed like a quiet morning began with just three Spotted Flycatchers of note but these were soon eclipsed by a superb adult Rose-coloured Starling. It was first seen on overhead cables at West Beach but quickly moved into the trapping area where it then stayed for much of the day. A party of five Mediterranean Gulls also flew overhead.



Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus   Dungeness   28th May 2018
The fourth Observatory record.
Eight Porpoises were seen feeding offshore.

A Red-eared Terrapin was found dead on the road at the north end of the recording area.

Elsewhere today, most of the interest was in the moths trapped overnight. Dorothy Beck caught a Pretty Marbled and a Dew Moth at Lydd-on-sea and Barry Banson caught an example of the very rare pyralid Paracorsia repandalis and also a Flame Wainscot at Greatstone.
Paracorsia repandalis   Greatstone   28th May 2018
The eighth Brtish record.
Pretty Marbled Deltote deceptoria   Lydd-on-sea   28th May 2018
Only the third British record since 1986.