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26th July

There was a small arrival of migrants this morning with 18 Willow Warblers and a Garden Warbler in the bushes. The early morning seawatch was fairly slow with just two Arctic Skuas to show for it but a bit of a movement took place late in the day with a Balearic Shearwater, another two Arctic Skuas and a remarkable 65 Black Terns of note.

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal  were seen offshore.

The moth traps produced a Scarce Bordered Straw and a Langmaid's Yellow Underwing.

A torchlight search last night for orthoptera produced five nymph Tree Cricket and this mid-stage nymph Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket. Although nymphs were found for the first time last summer this one is much younger than any of those seen previously.

Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phaneroptera falcata    mid-stage nymph   Dungeness   25th July 2017
Think this must be falcata but finding any suitable reference material is very difficult - even on the web.