After a couple of days of heavy cloud cover it cleared this morning to give a hot and sunny day. Birds were hard to come by but a Grey Wagtail and two Yellow Wagtails did pass overhead.
Good numbers of Porpoise were feeding offshore again.
The moth traps were busy again overnight although obvious migrants remain very scarce. The micro-moth Dichrorampha petiverella was trapped and is a new species for the Observatory garden. Two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were feeding in the moat.
A good search around the Point for bees was productive with Spined Hylaeus, several Wool Carder Bees, a Plain Dark Bee, Orange-vented Mason-bees, five Large Sharp-tail Bees and a Variable Nomad Bee of particular note and with a few interesting species still to be confirmed.
Two Small Red-eyed Damselflies were seen on the southern Long Pit.
Cock's Spur grass was found in flower in the floral haven in front of the Observatory.
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