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2016 Report

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29th July

With strong winds again today most of the interest remained offshore. A four-hour watch this afternoon produced a Manx Shearwater, an adult light-phase Arctic Skua and a steady trickle of Kittiwakes and Common Terns moving west whilst a party of six Black Terns with the feeding frenzy offshore. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were also present.

At least ten Porpoises and three Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

Just before midnight a check of the kitchen windows produced this cricket nymph which I think must be a Southern Oak Bush-cricket.

Southern Oak Bush-cricket Meconema meridionale late-stage nymph   Dungeness   28th July 2016