Thursday 1 June 2023

Moth trapping poor again in May. By the end of May last year I had recorded 136 species in the garden whereas this year the there have only been 59, with nothing of particular note. Interesting Birds seen in May were the female Red-footed Falcon and male Red-backed Shrike at Stodmarsh, Purple Heron at Dungeness, plus Black-winged Stilts and Temmink's Stints at Sandwich Bay. The first Stag Beetle of the year was in the garden on 16th May and the female Dainty Damselfly at Oare Marshes was a new species for me. A Black Oil Beetle at Oare was only the 2nd one I've seen in Kent.

 Red-footed Falcon

 Red-backed Shrike

Dainty Damselfly

Stag Beetle

Black Oil Beetle