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28th August

It was a very quiet start to the day but a short spell of rain in mid-morning suddenly dropped in a few migrants with a Cuckoo, 30 Willow Warblers, three Sedge Warblers, 12 Pied Flycatchers, three Spotted Flycatchers, three Whinchats, a Redstart, two Tree Pipits and 35 Yellow Wagtails of note. A Buzzard and ten Greenshank, two Swifts and 500 Swallows flew over during the morning.
There was very little movement offshore but good numbers of Gannets and Sandwich Terns were feeding and four Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua were associating with them.

Ten Porpoise and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Another Hoary Footman was an unexpected catch in the moth traps.
Hoary Footman Eilema caniola   Dungeness   28th August 2019
The first Western Conifer Seed Bug of the year was attracted to the moth traps.
Western Conifer Seed Bug Leptoglossus occidentalis   Dungeness   28th August 2019