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15th Aug

Heavy rain for a time from just after first light grounded a large number of migrants with 15 Pied Flycatchers, four Spotted Flycatchers, two Redstarts and four Whinchats of particular note along with 36 Willow Warblers, three Garden Warblers, 25 Lesser Whitethroats and 90 Whitethroats. The Wood Warbler from yesterday was also seen again. 
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca   Dungeness   15th August 2020.
During the course of the day four Pied Flycatchers were ringed and unusually included this adult bird.
Seawatching produced a Little Tern and six Arctic Skuas of note.

At least 16 Porpoises were feeding offshore.

The moth traps continue to provide some exciting records with last nights highlights including a Beautiful Marbled, a Dark Crimson Underwing (third Observatory record), a Large Emerald, two Rosy Waves, a Jersey Tiger, 36 Tree-lichen Beauty's and our third-ever Metalampra italica.

Beautiful Marbled Eublemma purpurina and Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa
Dungeness   15th August 2020
A thorough search of the "new ground" in front of the Observatory mainly by Tim Inskipp was also very productive with two new fleabanes, Guernsey and Bilbao, for the area, Green Bristle-grass and Pale Galingale of particular note.

In addition, a couple more shots of yesterdays superb Antlion.

Antlion Eurolean nostras   Greastone   14th August 2020.

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