Nine Mediterranean Gulls and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were seen at the Patch. Overhead passage consisted of 95 Swifts and two Yellow Wagtails, A moulting adult Willow Warbler was caught in the Heligoland Trap.
Porpoise numbers have increased considerably in recent days with at least 21 counted today as well as a Grey Seal. This evening a Common Pipistrelle bat was patrolling over the back garden and stealing moths before they got to the traps.
Large numbers of moths did make it to the trap and included a Gothic which appears to be a new species for the Observatory garden. The micro-moth Calybites phasianpennella was also caught and is an unusual record for us. Good numbers of Essex Skippers and Brown Argus butterflies are on the wing.
There was little change elsewhere with the Black-winged Stilt still showing on the ARC Pit.
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