Very quiet with just eight Swifts and six Mediterranean Gulls offshore of interest.
A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.
Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Pied Shieldbug was finally added to the list of shieldbugs for the recording area. It is described as Widespread but I have been searching for this species for several years and have failed to find one until now. It was found in the Lilac bush in front of the Observatory. A Heath Shieldbug and c20 Crucifer Bugs were also noted. A bit of sweeping for insects at the south-east corner of the Trapping Area produced the first Tree Cricket and Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket nymphs.
|Pied Shieldbug Tritomegas bicolor Dungeness 4th July 2023
|Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phaneroptera falcata Dungeness 4th July 2023