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30th August

There was a decent little arrival of migrants this morning with three Reed Warblers, 20 Wheatears, four Whinchats, three Redstarts, a Spotted and a Pied Flycatcher and the first migrant Chiffchaff of the autumn whilst early overhead passage included six Tree Pipits and a hunting.Buzzard. In the evening a Curlew Sandpiper also flew over.

Redstart Phoenicopterus phoenicopterus   Dungeness 30th August 2016

A Common Pipistrelle was feeding around the Observatory again this evening.

The extensa Small Copper was seen again and a Holly Blue was in the Old Lighthouse garden.

The nights moth trapping was fairly slow although a visiting mother managed to catch a Rest Harrow, Delicate and a Bordered Straw of note and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen during the day.

The nighttime cricket tour produced nine Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets and lots of Tree Crickets. On  our return to the Observatory a Southern Oak Bush Cricket was found in the Observatory garden.