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20th July

A few migrants on the land included a Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper, 120 Sand Martins, five Willow Warblers, two Yellow Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail. The sea was extremely quiet although six Mediterranean Gulls and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull were feeding at the Patch.

A cooler night saw a reduced catch of moths but they did include a nice Black Arches.

Some "late" news concerns a small, black bee which I caught on Friday 17th and posted on here as Plain Dark Bee Stelis phaeoptera. It now transpires that this bee was actually a different species of Stelis, namely odontopyga, and is only the third British record. (Note they are extremely similar under field conditions!! and thanks to Grant Hazlehurst for the id).

Elsewhere, the Black-winged Stilt remains in residence at the ARC Pit.