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11th July

A quiet day on the bird front which produced just a Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard and seven Mediterranean Gulls of note.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore. 

A Red-eared Terrapin was seen in the southern Long Pit.

There were plenty of moths in the traps this morning with the highlight being this superb Rose Plume. This is only the second Observatory record of this scarce plume having only being added to the list last year.
Rose Plume Cnaemidophous rhododactyla   Dungeness   11th July 2019
An afternoon check of the Long Pits proved worthwhile with the finding of a male Lesser Emperor dragonfly. 

Elsewhere, the Serin was still singing from its regular sites at Littlestone.