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31st July

A very hot day but with very little in the way of common migrants about the place. A couple of Kingfishers at the Long Pits were a nice find.

Eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Insects, and moths in particular, provided most of the days interest with Acrobasis tumidana, a striking aberrant Sussex Emerald and then a day-flying Dark Crimson Underwing in the moat.
Acrobasis tumidana   Dungeness   31st July 2020

Sussex Emerald Thalera fimbrialis   Dungeness    31st July 2020
A striking aberration,
Ten Small Red-eyed Damselflies at the usual spot at the southern end of the Long Pits.