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28th July

Very quiet on the land with just a couple of Willow Warblers, a Grey Wagtail and just four Yellow Wagtails.. A few waders passed overhead including Golden Plover, Whimbrel and two Common Sandpipers.

The gull flock at the fishing boats provided plenty of interest with 15 Mediterranean Gulls, three juvenile Common Gulls and five Yellow-legged Gulls.

Mediterranean Gulls Ichthyaetus melanocephalus   Dungeness   28th July 2022

Common Gulls Larus canus   third-calendar year and two juveniles   Dungeness   28th July 2022
The top bird was only photographed as it flew by but it was bearing a white colour-ring and is probably Norwegian in origin.

Yellow-legged Gulls Larus michahellis   juveniles   Dungeness   28th July 2022 

Six Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

An after-dark session in the Trapping Area produced three singing Large Coneheads, 19 Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and lots of singing Tree Crickets. On return to the Observatory an adult Mediterranean Stick-insect was found in the garden.

Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phaneroptera falcata    Dungeness   28th July 2022

On a different note the lack of rain is really starting to affect the vegetation in the area badly. Brambles are being particularly hard hit with many bush dried out, brown and fruitless. Some of the Gorse bushes are turning brown and Willows, Aspens and Birches are already dropping their leaves.