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2016 Report

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27th Aug

After a brief movement of terns at first light the sea was generally quiet for the rest pf the day. Three Arctic Skuas and five Black Terns appeared to be lingering offshore. A brief offering of bread quickly brought in a few gulls which included a first-year Caspian Gull and four first-winter Yellow-legged Gulls.




Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   27th August 2018
A handful of birds on the land included a Spotted Flycatcher, two Redstarts and two Whinchats whilst a Marsh Harrier flew over.

Two Brown Hares were seen on the land whilst at least 12 Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A Southern Oak Bush-cricket was found inside the Observatory and a search after dark for further cricket species produced two Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and 100's of Tree Crickets
Southern Oak Bush-cricket Meconema meridionale  female  Dungeness  27th August 2018

Tree Cricket Oecanthus pelluscens   Dungeness   27th August 2018