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27th Aug

With a drop in the wind there was a nice little arrival of migrants on the land this morning with a Kingfisher, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 50 Willow Warblers, 15 Blackcaps, 20 Whitethroats, a Redstart, five Whinchats, 12 Wheatears and the days highlight of a Grasshopper Warbler. There was also a bit passing overhead including 31 Ringed Plovers, 95 Yellow Wagtails, eight Grey Wagtails and three Tree Pipits
Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia   Dungeness   27th August 2020
A Little Gull was feeding at the Patch but passage was very slow with just 18 Turnstone, 31 Dunlin and 334 Sandwich Terns going though and five Arctic Skuas feeding offshore.

Three Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land.

A fairly small catch of moths included a Scarce Bordered Straw and a Delicate of note.

It was also pleasing to find a Wasp Spider in the new ground to the front of the Observatory. It was feared that our small population may have been lost after all the groundwork here this spring.
Wasp Spider Argiope brunnechii   Dungeness   27th August 2020