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23rd Aug

There was a large arrival of migrants concentrated around the Trapping Area and Long Pits but weather conditions inhibited any serious ringing activities. Of note were 130 Willow Warblers, ten Blackcaps, 45 Lesser Whitethroats, 100 Common Whitethroats and a Pied Flycatcher. A Hen Harrier flew out to sea and 170 Sand Martins also passed overhead. Seawatching was slow-going with just a Grey Plover, four Whimbrel and a Black Tern passing through and two Mediterranean Gulls and five Yellow-legged Gulls at the fishing boats.

Four Grey Seals and ten Porpoises were feeding offshore.

The highlight from the moth traps was a Beautiful Marbled and a Clouded Yellow was seen at the Railway Car Park.

Beautiful Marbled Eublemna purpurina   Dungeness   23rd August 2022