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6:41AM

Pett Level and Dungeness

Not a word about moths today ! Yesterday, after the usual trap checking, I headed over to Pett Level in order to try and see the Southern Migrant Hawkers. I walked quite a lot of ditch without success, though there was a great display of flowering Arrowhead. The roadside pool is developing a nice muddy margin, attracting waders, yesterday 5 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and a Spotted Redshank-a difficult bird these days.

Off to Dungeness, where the Hanson Hide is the place to go at the moment, here were 2 Wood Sandpipers, a Curlew Sand. had been seen and a Great White Egret was on show. We walked around to The Pines, wondering if we might see a SMH somewhere-but a dragonly flying over one of the pools near the Water Tower caught our attention, showing a bright blue patch at the top of the abdomen- a Lesser Emperor, a rare migrant recorded most years at Dungeness but which we had rarely seen.

Over the road, a Green Sandpiper was on Burrowes pit-these are difficult to find this year, also a Black Tern with resting Common and Sandwich Terns. We were apparently the only people braving the heat and walking round the trail, and were were rewarded with 3 Great White Egrets from the Denge Marsh hide, and at least four more Lesser Emperors in the Denge Marsh area. Hope the Hobby that was flying around didn't get any of those. On the way home I watched the car thermometer peak at 33.5C-it was much lower on the Clifftop.

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