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Local weather


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2nd Aug

A strong SW wind was blowing and with more heavy cloud the result was an increase in birds passing offshore with 145 Gannets, a Sanderling, a Snipe, 21 Kittiwakes, 81 Common Terns and the surprise of the day in the form of a Black Guillemot (the eighth Observatory record) which flew in and landed on the sea for a minute or so before it dived and was not relocated. The juvenile Caspian Gull and five juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls gave brilliant views at the fishing boats. 

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   juvenile   Dungeness   2nd August 2022

Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis   Juvenile   Dungeness   2nd August 2022

A Common Seal and two Porpoises were also feeding offshore.

A Jersey Tiger and seven Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen during the day.

Another night-time check for orthoptera produced eight Large Coneheads and ten Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and three Mediterranean Stick-insects were found in the Observatory garden.
Large Conehead Ruspolia nitidula   male   Dungeness   2nd August 2022