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21st July

A quiet day on the land but 40 Yellow Wagtails passing overhead was a significant total for the date and a Grey Wagtail also flew over. An adult Cuckoo was seen in the Moat. A flock of at least three Little Ringed Plovers flew over in the early hours and 15 Mediterranean Gulls were seen offshore.

Fortunately it was an excellent night for moths with six traps set at the Observatory and in the Trapping Area catching at least Common Lutetstring208 species. Of note were our fifth Dark Crimson Underwing of the week, a Jersey Tiger, a Bordered Straw, a Starwort, a Dog's Tooth and two Delicates. Notable pyralids included Evergestis limbata, Euzophera pinguis and our third record of Dioryctria sylvestrella.

Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa  Dungeness   21st July 2022

Dioryctria sylvestrella   Dungeness   21st July 2022

Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria   Dungeness   21st July 2022