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18th Aug

A calm but foggy start to the day brought a decent and  varied arrival of migrants on the land. Of particular note were seven Pied Flycatchers and singles of Redstart and Whinchat with numbers made up with 45 Willow Warblers, 35 Reed Warblers, 27 Lesser Whitethroats and 55 Whitethroats, The  colour-ringed White Stork GBA2 made several sorties around the Point this morning and a party of four Spoonbills flew over in the afternoon. An evening seawatch produced our first Balearic Shearwater of the autumn along with four Arctic Skuas.

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca   Dungeness   18th August 2022

Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

There was a small incrase in he numbers of migrant moths in the traps with singles of Scarce Bordered Straw, Bordered Straw and Pearly Underwing of note.

Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera   Dungeness   18th August 2022

An afternoon search for othoptera was surprisingly productive with two Large Cone-heads and ten Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets seen. A Wasp Spider was also found..