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12th August

The highlight of the "day" was seen during a torchlight search for crickets in the very early hours when a Nightjar was flushed on a couple of occasions. 

There was little sign of any arrivals during the morning with just a Spotted Flycatcher at the Long Pits and 220 Sand Martins and six Yellow Wagtails passing overhead.

A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was feeding at the Patch.

The aforementioned night search found three male nymphs of Sickle-bearing Bush Cricket and a small increase in the numbers of singing Tree Crickets. At least seven Small Red-eyed Damselflies were found on and around the southern Long Pit whilst moth-trapping produced a Dusky Thorn (only the seventh Observatory record). A Clouded Yellow and a Holly Blue were of note among the butterflies.

Four Porpoises were feeding offashore.

This evening another nymph Southern Oak Bush-cricket was found on the Observatory kitchen window.

Elsewhere two Great White Egrets were seen around the Dengemarsh area this morning.