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6th Sep

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.