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22nd Aug

Although it was pretty quiet there was still some migrant interest with two Pied Flycatchers and 20 Wheatears of note along with a Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank and three Redshanks. A Little Gull flew east into the bay and 12 Mediterranean Gulls and five Arctic Skuas were feeding offshore.

The moth traps weren't very inspiring but did produce a Cydia amplana and a Rest Harrow of note.

Dragonflies stole the show in the evening when a couple of checks of the Heligoland Trap produced two Southern Migrant Hawkers.

Southern Migrant Hawkers Aeshna affinis   Dungeness   22nd August 2021
Top two images show a female and lower three show a male.
An alternative name for this species is Blue-eyed Hawker - you can see why in the case of the male..