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26th June

Very quiet on the bird front with just a Grey Plover, a Green Sandpiper, three Mediterranean Gulls and a Siskin flying over.

Moth trapping continues to provide plenty of interest with our fourth record of Sub-angled Wave and generally considered to be a migrant when they occur on the coast away from Folkestone. Other noteworthy moths included three Sussex Emeralds and singles of Sciota adelphella, Acrobasis suavella and Ancylosis oblitella. A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen on the wall at the Red and White gate  There was also a small arrival of Red Admirals.
Sub-angled Wave Scopula nigropunctata   Dungeness   26th June 2020
Ancylosis oblitella   Dungeness   26th June 2020
Dungenes is a stronghold for this nationally scarce species

Sciota adelphella   Dungeness   26th June 2020
Another nationally rare moth and the fifth record from the Observatory trap.
The now Nationally rare Red Hemp-nettle is just starting to come into flower.
Red Hemp-nettle     Dungeness   26th June 2020
Dungeness is a stronghold for this rapidly declining species and
here being visited by a Green-eyed Flower Bee. Anthophora bimaculata
Elsewhere, the Black-winged Stilt is now almost resident at the NW corner of the ARC Pit but the Gull-billed Tern is much more mobile. It did however spend most of the afternoon and evening feeding at the ARC Pit.