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8th August


Large numbers of gulls at the Patch included a juvenile Caspian Gull and four Yellow-legged Gulls and two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls and a Black Tern flew west. The bushes held a few Willow Warblers and three Lesser Whitethroats.

Six Porpoises (including a young one) were feeding offshore.

On the insect front, a female Southern Oak Bush-cricket was found just after midnight on the kitchen window and a nymph Green Shieldbug was found in the trapping area. Four Small Red-eyed Damselflies were also seen on the southern Long Pit. Butterflies continue to be seen in large numbers and included several Brown Argus and Painted Ladies.

Southern Oak Bush-cricket Meconema meridionale   female   Dungeness   8th August 2016

Green Shieldbug Palomena prassina   nymph   Dungeness   8th August 2016
A second patch of Branched Bur-reed was also found on the Southern Long Pit.