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30th June

 Still very little to be seen with just 25 Mediterranean Gulls, mainly feeding at the Patch, of note.

29th June

Very little to be seen with just 12 Mediterranean Gulls of note.

One Porpoise was feeding offshore.

28th June

Three Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore and two nestling Great Black-backed Gulls were seen on one of the buildings in 'B' Station.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

The moth traps were very busy with a good variety and numbers but actually very little of note. The best on offer were two Rest Harrows, two L-album Wainscots and two Delicates. A Lunar Hornet Moth was caught in the Observatory garden and a Six-belted Clearwing was caught alongside the power station wall.

Dragonflies continue to provide plenty of interest with two Norfolk Hawkers and two Variable Damselflies seen at the north end of the Long Pits.

27th June

A Cuckoo and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at the Long Pits and six Mediterranean Gulls offshore were the only birds of note. 

A Banded Demoiselle dragonfly was seen at the Long Pits. A less than annual species in the recording area.

The clear highlight of the day though was at Burrowes Pit on the RSPB Reserve where an adult Caspian Tern was found in the afternoon. It gave some excellent views up until 1720hrs when we had leave before the gates were locked.

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia   Dungeness RSPB   27th June 2023

26th June

Very quiet except for a flock of six Ravens flying over the Observatory in the morning.

Dragonflies continue to provide most of the interest with a Norfolk Hawker Aeshna isosceles found at the Long Pits 

25th June

Still nothing of note on land or sea in the way of birds.

The clear highlight from the overnight moth trapping was a Bright Wave - the first Observatory and third wider Dungeness area record.

Bright Wave Idaea ochrata   Dungeness   25th June 2023

24th June

Nothing to report on the bird front again.

Two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Six Scarce Emeralds were seen including two males at a second site in the recording area and 24 Lunar Hornet Moths were attracted to a pheromone lure in the trapping area.

23rd June

Quiet on the bird front with just two Mediterranean Gulls feeding offshore and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at the Long Pits.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The main excitement of the day was the discovery of a small population of Scarce Emeralds damselflies in the bomb hole pools at the south-east corner of the Trapping Area. This is the first record for the Observatory recording area.

Scarce Emeralds Lestes dryas   female and and male   Dungeness   23rd June 2023

Pheromone lure put out for Lunar Hornet Moths and Six-belted Clearwings proved very successful with around 20 individuals of the first and six of the second being quickly attracted to them. The Large Tortoiseshell was seen again around its favoured flowering bramble patches at the Long Pits.   

Lunar Hornet Moth Sesia bembeciformis   Dungeness   23rd June 2023

22nd June

The Red-footed Falcon which has been on the RSPB Reserve for the last two days made a sortie into the Observatory recording area this morning. A few Swifts and Sand Martins also passed through.

Nine Porpoises, nine Grey Seals and five Common Seals were seen offshore.

The highlight of the day on the insect front was a Large Tortoiseshell butterfly which was hanging around some brambles on the east side side of the Long Pits about 50m N of the causeway. 

Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros   Dungeness 22nd June 2023 

21st June

Fourteen Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the Patch this morning and a Buzzard was seen on the Sleepers. A Yellow Wagtail also flew over.

Singles of Porpoise and Grey Seal were seen.

The first Essex Skippers and Marbled Whites of the summer were seen.

Elsewhere, the Red-footed Falcon was seen on the RSPB Reserve again along with a party of three Spoonbills. At least four Norfolk Hawkers were also seen.

20th June

Two Arctic Skuas flew east ahead of a massive thunderstorm and five Mediterranean Gulls were loafing offshore.

Two Porpoises were seen offshore.

Moth trapping produced a Brussels Lace (seventh Observatory trap record) and a Rosy Wave of note.

Brussels Lace Cleorodes lichenaria   Dungeness   20th June 2023

Rosy Wave Scopula emutaria   Dungeness   20th June 2023

Also of note, a first-summer male Red-footed Falcon was seen at Dengemarsh.

19th June

Very quiet. The only birds of note were 28 Mediterranean Gulls passing west this evening.

Eight Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

The moth traps were fairly quiet but a visit to the Trapping Area with pheromone lures produced two Red-tipped Clearwings. Large numbers of Small Skippers and Meadow Browns are now on the wing.

Red-tipped Clearwing Syanthedon formicaeformis    Dungeness   19th June 2023 

18th June

The first significant rain for over a month fell overnight, briefly in the early morning and more heavily in the afternoon. A Greenshank flew over the area.

The moth traps were much busier last night and produced the rare micro Metalampra italica along with a Rest Harrow, an Orange Footman and two Delicates

Metalampra italica   Dungeness   18th June 2023

Elsewhere, a Spoonbill came into Burrowes Pit on the RSPB Reserve in the afternoon..

17th June

A check of the Patch produced 20 Mediterranean Gulls and a second-summer Yellow-legged Gull.

A Common Seal and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

The moth traps were fairly quiet but did produce our 23rd record and the first since 2019 of True Lover's Knot.

True Lover's Knot Lycophotia porphyrea   Dungeness   17th June 2023

16th June

Eighteen Mediterranean Gulls offshore were the only birds of note. 

A Common Pipistrelle was picked up at a private dwelling and taken into care and three Porpoises and two Grey Seals were seen offshore.

15th June

Little change on the bird front although an evening seawatch produced another 110 Mediterranean Gulls moving east. At least 61 Stock Doves were seen around the Point.

Three Porpoises and three Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

The moth traps proved very productive again with the highlights of the first Observatory record of The Mocha and the first record since 2011 of a Rannoch Looper

The Mocha Cyclophora anularia   Dungeness   16th June 2023

Rannoch Looper Semiothis brunneata   Dungeness   15th June 2023

14th June

A loose party of four Red Kite over the Point this morning was the highlight of the day. It was quiet offshore except for an excellent easterly movement of Mediterranean Gulls totaling 350 birds during the day.

Red Kite Milvus milvus  Dungeness   14th June 2023

Three Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Elsewhere, a pair of Black-winged Stilts turned up on Burrowes Pit, RSPB but were mostly quite distant.

13th June

Seawatching produced 40 Mediterranean Gulls and a Manx Shearwater

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

Moth trapping overnight produced another Beautiful Marbled and the fourth Observatory record of Beautiful Hook-tip.

Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula   Dungeness   13th June 2023

Beautiful Marbled Eublemma purpurina   Dungeness   13th June 2023

12th June

Twelve Mediterranean Gulls were the only birds of interest.

A Water Ernine was trapped overnight which was the first to be recorded at the Observatory since 2007. Other bits and pieces included a Rest Harrow, a Figure of 80 and a Small Dotted Buff

Water Ermine Spilosoma urticae   Dungeness   12th June 2023

11th June

Seawatching produced 12 Shovelers, 22 Mediterranean Gulls and an Arctic Skua. A Kingfisher was seen  at the Long Pits and singles of Little Ringed Plover and Grey Wagtail flew over.

It was easily the best night of the year for moths with the highlights of a Cloaked Pug (the second area record of this presumed immigrant) and a Beautiful Marbled.

Beautiful Marbled Eublemma purpurina   Dungeness   11th June 2023

Cloaked Pug Eupithecia abietaria   Dungeness   11th June 11th June 2023


10th June

The morning seawatch produced 26 Mediterranean Gull and five Manx Shearwaters moving east and the first juvenile Wheatear was seen on the Point. 

Four Porpoises and three Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

The micro-moth Nemapogon cloacella was trapped by visiting mothers at Wi Wurri on the Point and appears to be the first record for the Observatory recording area.

Nemapogon cloacella   Dungeness   10th June 2023


9th June

At last, a bit of warmth but still with a strong NE breeze. Not much to report in the way of birds other than 51 Mediterranean Gulls this morning (six moving east and 45 at the Patch).

Three Porpoises and three Grey Seals were seen offshore.

Shieldbugs found today included a Geotomus petiti at a new location on the Point and a couple of Brassica Bugs.

Elsewhere, the main interest was with the dragonflies with three Norfolk Hawkers on the Lydd Ranges and a Lesser Emperor along the Willow Trail, ARC.

8th June

The main interest was at the Patch where there were at least 40 Mediterranean Gulls this morning.

Three Porpoise and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

The first Large Skipper of the year was seen and there was a noticeable increase in Red Admiral numbers.

7th June

Still cold and windy. The only interest was offshore where there was a movement of Mediterranean Gulls with 78 east in four hours of watching and another 30 feeding at the Patch. Twenty-four Sanderlings also passed through.

Four Porpoises and two Grey Seals were seen offshore.

6th June

 The strong NE wind continues and nothing much to be seen.

5th June

Seawatching produced what little interest there was with a surprising Long-tailed Duck among a flock of Common Scoters along with six Shovelers, 18 Sanderlings, 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, 251 Kittiwakes and 38 Mediterranean Gulls. Nothing of note on the land.

Six Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

4th June

 Nothing much to report other than two Grey Herons over the Point.

Butterflies remain in short supply but six Brown Argus were of interest. 

3rd June

The morning seawatch produced 22 Mediterranean Gulls but it was otherwise quiet on both land and sea.

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.  

Elsewhere, a couple of White Storks flew over the RSPB Reserve and away to the NW.

2nd June

A two-hour seawatch this morning produced five Tufted Ducks, 105 Common Scoters, 11 Sanderling, 60 Mediterranean Gulls and an Arctic Skua flew east whilst a Black Tern spent a few minutes over the Patch.

Four Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Badger was seen in the evening.

1st June

A surprisingly good seawatch this morning with 5.25hrs of coverage producing 11 Shoveler, two Tufted Duck, 348 Common Scoters, eight Grey Plovers, two Whimbrel, 90 Sanderlings, 291 Kittiwakes, 12 Mediterranean Gulls, an adult hybrid Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull, 44 Sandwich Terns, 248 Common Terns, 42 Arctic Terns, a Great Northern Diver and a Manx Shearwater. It remains very quiet on the land.

Six Porpoise and four Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Three Brown Argus were also seen.