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17th June

The unusual summer movements of geese continued with a flock of 19 Greylag Geese flying out to sea over the fishing boats. A Marsh Harrier was hunting over the Long Pits and a Green Sandpiper and a Crossbill flew over the area. Twelve Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the Patch.

Moth trapping was fairly unproductive but the use of a pheromone lure quickly attracted a couple of Six-belted Clearwings. A Holly Blue was also seen in the Observatory garden.


Six-belted Clearwing   Bembecia ichneumoniformis 17th June 2019

A very uncommon soldierfly was found at the Observatory this afternoon - Hybomitra ciureai - which appears to be restricted in its range to grazing marshes and including Romney Marsh.

Hybomitra ciureai   Dungeness   17th June 2020
During the course of ground works in front of the Observatory this winter the contractors in their wisdom decided to finish off the site with a layer of imported topsoil. I am not convinced by the logic of this action but is has certainly produced a spectacular display of colour. A few odd plants have been found here and currently include a couple of plants of Larkspur.

Floral Display and Larkspur Consolida jacis   Dungeness   17th June 2020