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2016 Report

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3rd Aug

Very little to report on the bird front with just a handful of Willow Warblers and Reed Warblers and a Garden Warbler in the bushes. One Mediterranean Gull was feeding offshore this evening.

The moth traps provided what was easily the highlight of the day with the catching of a Many-lined. This is the first area (and possibly Kent?) record of this very rare immigrant to Britain. The total catch was actually very low in number but did also include a specimen of the scarce migrant tortrix moth Cydia amplana. Four Hummingbird Hawk-moths were also feeding around the Observatory garden. A Clouded Yellow was seen in the moat.

Many-lined Costaconvexa polygrmmata   Dungeness   3rd August 2018

Cydia amplana   Dungeness   3rd August 2018
Seven Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Elsewhere, five Great White Egrets were seen  at Dengemarsh and three Black Terns were roosting in front of Firth Hide on the RSPB Reserve.