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9th August

There was a small arrival of migrants on the land including a Spotted Flycatcher and a Tree Pipit along with 45 Willow Warblers. A Green Sandpiper also flew over.
A juvenile Mediterranean Gull and three Yellow-legged Gulls were feeding at the Patch.

At least 12 Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Good numbers of dragonflies were seen at the Long Pits including a short-staying Lesser Emperor and 26 Small Red-eyed Damselflies.

Another torchlight check for rare crickets was very productive. Four singing Tree Crickets were located with one being seen and 14 nymphs were also noted. Five Sickle-bearing Bush Cricket nymphs were also found which are the first to be seen here and thus confirming that this species has survived the winter and has bred in the area. Both these species were first found in the area last summer and represent the first and second known breeding colonies in Britain.

Tree Cricket Oecanthus pellucens   nymph and adult male    Dungeness    9th August 2016

Sickle-bearing Bush Cricket Phaneroptera falcata    female   Dungeness   9th August 2016