Seawatching was very quiet although 16 Mediterranean Gulls were around this afternoon.
Two Porpoises were feeding offshore.
The moth traps proved extremely productive overnight although most of the good stuff was actually taken off the wall during the previous evening rather than from the traps when entered. The highlights were two pyralids, Hellula undalis which was new for the trap and the fifth area record and a Spodalea recurvalis, the second observatory and sixth area record. In addition two Palpita vitrealis were also of note. Four Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen during the day.
|Hellula undalis Dungeness 16th October 2018|
The first Observatory record of this very scarce migrant
|Spoladea recurvalis Dungeness 16th October 2018|
The second Observatory record of this migrant but part of a remarkable arrival across southern Britain overnight.
The continuing very warm weather is also prolonging the flight periods of some of our butterflies with two very freshly emerged Meadow Browns seen today and at least 70 Red Admirals on the wing.
For the second day running there was no sign of any Asian Hornets on the ivy in the Lighthouse Garden so it may be that the previous individuals were migrants rather than attending an undiscovered nest.