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28th Sep

There was a small arrival of Chiffchaffs and Reed Buntings on the land along with two Firecrests and a Wheatear. A trickle of migrants also passed overhead including three Buzzards, two Tree Sparrows, nine Grey Wagtails, three Rock Pipits and five Siskins. A Caspian Gull was seen on the beach.

Another two Harvest Mice were caught at the Long Pits and two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

The fine weather brought out a few interesting insects with hundreds of Fire Bugs in the Observatory garden and eight Ornate Shieldbugs (including a nymph) and ten Brassica Bugs. in the rough ground in front of the Observatory.

Fire Bugs Pyrrhocoris apterus   Dungeness   28th September 2022

Ornate Shieldbugs Eurydema ornata   nymph and adult   Dungeness   28th September 2022

A couple of flowering plants of Vervain were also found.