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23rd Sep

There were a few migrants on the land including 25 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, a Firecrest, a Whinchat and four Wheatears and also a bit of overhead passage with 1000 House Martins, 500 Meadow Pipits, 50 Siskins and 20 Reed Buntings

The moth traps were very productive with our first record of the pyralid Musutima nitidalis and a Golden Twin-spot of real note and also a Palpita vitrealis, a Convolvulus Hawkmoth, nine Delicates and six Scarce Bordered Straws. A Clouded Yellow was also seen but the highlight of the day was easily a female Long-tailed Blue which spent about ten minutes feeding at Purple Toadflax in the Observatory garden.

Musotima nitidalis   Dungeness   23rd September 2023

Golden Twin-spot Chrysodeixis chalcites   Dungeness   23rd Sepember 2023

Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus   female   Dungeness   23rd September 2023