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18th July

As the heat continues to rise birding was hard work today but 445 Sand Martins, 14 Swallows, 36 Yellow Wagtails and a Crossbill flew over. Five Mediterranean Gull flew west offshore.

Three Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Moth trapping provided plenty of interest with another Dark Crimson Underwing, (a second individual was found at Southview Cottage), a Beautiful Marbled and two Channel Islands Pugs, and also the micro Lyonetia clarkella.


Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa   Duungeness   18th July 2022

Beautiful Marbled Eublema purpurina   Dungeness   18th July 2022

A Lesser Emperor was seen on the northern Long Pit.

Tree Crickets were singing in the Trapping Area and six nymph Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets were also seen. A mid-stage nymph Large Conehead was also found.

Large Conehead Ruspolia nitidula   nymph   Dungeness   18th July 2022
Not sure whether this is brown because it is a nymph or will mature into a brown adult.