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Local weather


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20th Aug

This morning saw an excellent arrival of commoner migrants on the land with numbers dominated by 120 Willow Warblers and a sprinkle of scarcer birds in the form of a Wood Warbler, two Garden Warblers, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Pied Flycatchers, a Whinchat, five Tree Pipits, two Tree Sparrows and a Crossbill. A White Stork seen at ARC the previous evening turns out to be a different individual (colour-ring GB1Z) to the one seen a couple of days ago and flew around the Point this morning before remarkably joining up with a flock of 17 birds which all then gained height and eventually flew out to sea in the direction of France. The sea was very quiet other than a westward trickle of Sandwich and Common Terns.

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix   Dungeness   21st August 2022

Seven Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore and a Brown Hare was seen at the Point.

The moth traps produced singles of Bordered Straw and Scarce Bordered Straw and a Jersey Tiger was seen by during the day. A Mediterranean Stick-insect was found in the garden again.
Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera   Dungeness   21st August 2022