Passage offshore was also fairly slow and limited mainly to Sandwich Terns during the morning. However, there was a notable influx of at least 102 Mediterranean Gulls on the sea and beach. A Great Northern Diver and a Great Skua also flew west and a Manx Shearwater flew east and at least five Arctic Skuas were lingering.
|Mediterranean Gulls Ichthyaetus melanocephalus Dungeness 5th October 2018
Two colour-ringed birds were among a group of birds on the beach.
The moth trap was quiet for migrants but in the afternoon a Convolvulus Hawkmoth larva was found and brought to the Observatory. We provided it with a pot of compost and it promptly buried itself and began to pupate.
|Convolvulus Hawkmoth Agrion convolvuli larva Dungeness 5th October 2018
|Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens Dungeness 5th October 2018
Elsewhere, six Cattle Egrets and 14 Great White Egrets came in to roost at the ARC Pit.