Meadow Pipits are busy feeding young in the nest and a few juvenile Stonechats are starting to appear.
|Meadow Pipt Anthis pratensis Dungeness 12th May 2020|
With the calm and sunny conditions there was plenty of insects to look at. A Box Bug was an unusual find in the Trapping Area and a Rhombic Leatherbug was found in the Observatory garden. A Wasp Beetle was a smart looking beetle found on Hawthorn blossom in the Trapping Area and a Celery Fly was also of note. Three Grizzled Skippers were also seen.
|Box Bug Gonocerus acuteangulatus 12th May 2020|
I think this is only the second record for the Observatory area.
|Rhombic Leatherbug Syromastes rhombeus Dungeness 12th May 2020|
|Wasp Beetle Clytus arietis Dungeness 12th May 2020|
|Celery Fly Euleia heraclei Dungeness 12th May 2020|
This may well be a new species for the area.
|Common Twayblade Lestera ovata Dungeness 12th May 2020|
Elsewhere, the fourth Black Kite of the spring was seen on the RSPB Reserve but was not seen from the Observatory and a Glossy Ibis also appeared.