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Migration Time.

24th June

The highlight of the day on the bird front was a brief visit to the Point of two Bee-eaters which came in over the New Lighthouse, flew round the Old Lighthouse and then quickly headed north and out of sight this afternoon. Four Yellow Wagtails also passed through during the day. A visit to the Patch produced our first juvenile Mediterranean Gull and Black-headed Gull of the summer.

Despite continuing low numbers of the moths in the traps last nights effort produced some surprising records with only the third Dungeness example of the Common Rock-rose feeding pyralid Hypochalcia ahenella. The last Dungeness record was in 1986. In addition, another pyralid, Dioryctria abietella was also likely to be a migrant. We also had our earliest-ever Langmaid's Yellow Underwing.
Large numbers of Painted Lady butterflies are now starting to arrive.



Hypochalcia ahenella, Dioryctria abietella and Langmaid's Yellow Undering.   Dungeness    24th June 2018