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2016 Report

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4th Aug

There was a decent little arrival of migrants with the bulk typically being Willow WarblersReed Warblers and Whitethroats but also including four Garden Warblers, a Redstart and two Pied Flycatchers.
Three Mediterranean Gulls were also seen.

Moth trapping continues to provide plenty of interest with last nights catch producing a superb Golden Twin-spot along with two Cydia amplana. Two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were feeding in the Observatory garden.
Golden Twin-spot Chrysodeixa chalcites   Dungeness   4th August 2018
The fourth Observatory record.
Six Wasp Spiders were found in the rough ground in front of the Observatory.

A nocturnal search for Orthoptera last night produced four Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and hundreds of Tree Crickets which gave an excellent chorus (even audible from the Observatory). In addition, several Great Green Bush-crickets were also heard - a species which has been inexplicably scarce in the recording area given how common they are just outside it.
Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phaneroptera falcata   Dungeness   4th August 2018

Tree Cricket Oecanthus pellucens   Dungeness   4th August 2018