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7th Aug

Another scorching hot day with wall-to-wall sunshine and barely a breath of wind. Typically, hardly a migrant to be seen under these conditions but a Great White Egret made a sortie into observatory air space from the Reserve, a Snipe was flushed  at the Long Pits and a Grey Wagtail was seen at the Observatory. Only two Yellow-legged Gulls were seen at the Patch and passage offshore was virtually non-existent.

The number of moths coming to the traps is very low at the moment despite the warm nights. Maybe the clear skies and full moon are not helping. Having said that the traps this morning were high on quality with the star being a really golden Golden Twin-spot along with three Rest Harrows and a Palpita vitrealis. A Clouded Yellow was also seen alongside the power station wall,
Golden Twin-spot Chrysodeixis chalcites   Dungeness   7th Aug.2020
A Lesser Emperor dragonfly was seen on the northern Long Pit and eight Small Red-eyed Damselflies were seen at the southern end.