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21st Aug

After a stormy night there was a good movement of birds offshore with an excellent total of 46 Balearic Shearwaters and a Sooty Shearwater being the highlights along with a Manx Shearwater, 17 Fulmars, 339 Gannets, 84 Kittiwakes, 741 Sandwich Terns, 15 Little Terns, six Black Terns, two Great Skuas and four Arctic Skuas.
Seven Swifts flew out to sea and a Spotted Flycatcher was feeding in the Observatory front garden.

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata   Dungeness   21st August 2020
Four Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Hopes for the moth traps were not very high given the strong winds so it was a great surprise to find an Oak Processionary, a Vestal, two Delicates and a Scarce Bordered Straw among the small catch. 

Oak Processionary Thaumetopoea processionea   Dungeness   21st August 2020

Delicate Mythimna vitellina   Dungeness   21st August 2020

Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera   Dungeness   21st August 2020