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1st Aug

Heavy cloud and a fresh SW breeze brought a small arrival of migrants on the land with 15 Willow Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, 15 Reed Warblers and a Garden Warbler of note while 800 Sand Martins gathered at the Point in the afternoon. A Marsh Harrier, two Buzzards and eight Yellow Wagtails also passed overhead. The colour-ringed juvenile Caspian Gull and four juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were feeding at the fishing boats.

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal  were feeding offshore and a Badger visited the garden in the evening.

The moth traps were very quiet but six Hummingbird Hawkmoths, three Jersey Tigers and amazingly our seventh Dark Crimson Underwing of the year were seen during the day.

Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa   Dungeness   1st August 2022

An evening survey for orthoptera produced eight Large Coneheads, two Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets, a loud chorus of Tree Crickets and a Southern Oak Bush-cricket. In addition a Mediterranean Stick-insect was seen in the Observatory garden.