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2nd Aug

There was a westerly trickle of Gannets and terns and also 12 Dunlin but otherwise very quiet offshore and very little to be seen on the land.

It was a decent night for moths with an Oblique-striped of particular note (only the third Obs area record) although a Scarce Tortoise Shieldbug was perhaps even more surprising.. A Holly Blue was the pick of the butterflies and six Small Red-eyed Damselflies were seen at the southernmost end of the Long Pits.
Oblique Striped Phibelapterx verbata   Dungeness   2nd August 2012
A small patch of Nyjer was found growing at the base of one of the feeders in the trapping area.
Nyjer Guizotia abyssinica   Dungeness   2nd August 2020 
Elsewhere, there were at least five Cattle Egrets on the Reserve along with the Black-winged Stilt and Barry Banson continues to catch the best moths with another Oak Proessionary and a Speckled Footman

Speckled Footman Cocinia cribrarian and Oak Processionary  Thaumetopo processionea
2nd August 2020