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13th July

A combination of listening after midnight followed by the deployment of the Audiomoth recorder produced a Redshank, five series of Common Sandpipers calls, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit and Sandwich Tern. Very little to be seen during the day except for a single Mediterranean Gull offshore this evening.

One of the Badgers came into the back garden just after midnight.

The moth traps were the busiest they have been this year and were full of Silver Y's along with a Dark Swordgrass, two Sussex Emeralds and a Langmaid's Yellow Underwing. The highlight though was a "micro" moth in the form of an Yponomeuta irrorella - only the second to be recorded at the Observatory.

Yponomeuta irrorella   Dungeness   13th July 2021

The find of the day though was a nymph Large Conehead and thus confirming that the species is now breeding at Dungeness.

Large Conehead Ruspolia nitidula   nymph   Dungeness   13th July 2021