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9th July

A few odds and sods were seen offshore with singles of Manx Shearwater and Arctic Skua and three Mediterranean Gulls of note. Quiet on the land except for a steady flow of Swifts with at least 470 passing through.
Several pairs of Herring Gulls are nesting on the Power Station and the young are about to fledge. 

Herring Gull Larus argentatus   juveniles   Dungeness   9th July 2020
The young are about to fledge and making practice flights into the wind.
Singles of Porpoise and Grey Seal were feeding offshore. 

The groundbug Beosus maritimus was found in front of the Observatory. It appears to be a fairly scarce species. An adult Green Shieldbug was seen on the Sycamore in the trapping area.
Beosus maritmus   Dungeness   9th July 2020
Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina   Dungeness   9th July 2020
A single plant of Ploughman's-spikenard was found at the Long Pits and appears to be a new species for the Observatory recording area.

Ploughman's-spikenard Inula conyzae   Dungeness   9th July 2020