The day started fairly calm but more wind and rain arrived quickly and limited most of the observations to the sea. Even so, the sea was generally quiet with 5.5 hours of watching producing just 57 Common Scoters, 35 Knot, five Sanderling, a Dunlin, 53 Kittiwakes, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 126 Common Terns, ten Arctic Terns and three Arctic Skua. A Green Sandpiper also flew over the Observatory at 0100hrs.
Five Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
The moth traps were surprisingly busy overnight with the highlight of our fifth record of Gypsy Moth and also a Red Underwing of note.
|Gypsy Moth Lymantria dispar Dungeness 5th August 2023
|Red Underwing Catocala nupta Dungeness 5th August 2023