A Woodlark was found in the Desert while a small supply of other grounded migrants included ten Willow Warblers, seven Chiffchaffs, eight Blackcaps, two Whinchat and nine Wheatears. The main feature of the morning though was a massive movement of hirundines with conservative totals of 5000 House Martins, 4000 Swallows and 500 Sand Martins and a Greenshank, 26 Tree Sparrows, 70 Yellow Wagtails and four Grey Wagtails were also of note.
|House Martins Delichon urbicum Dungeness 6th September 2023
The sea was very quiet with just two Gadwall, an Arctic Skua and the first Red-throated Diver of the autumn.
Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
The moth traps produced a Portland Ribbon Wave and a Beautiful Marbled but the highlight was a Parent Shieldbug which appears to be a new species for the Observatory.
|Portland Ribbon Wave Idaea degenaria Dungeness 6th September 2023
|Beautiful Marbled Eublema purpurina Dungeness 6th September 2023
|Parent Shieldbug Elasmucha grisea Dungeness 6th September 2023
Four Mediterranean Stick-insects were found in the Observatory.