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24th August

Today saw a very strange arrival of migrants with an outstanding count of at least 24 Pied Flycatchers in the area but other migrants were notably scarce with just ten Willow Warblers, two Spotted Flycatchers, two Whinchats, 50 Yellow Wagtails and three Tree Pipits of note. Two Honey-buzzards also flew west over the Long Pits.
Nine Teal, an Arctic Skua and four Mediterranean Gulls were of note offshore.

Pied Flycatcher ficedula hypoleuca    Dungeness   24th August 2019
Two individuals from either end of the of the range of plumage variation
At least six Porpoises, two Grey Seals and a Common Seal were feeding offshore.

Despite perfect conditions the moth traps were disappointing although 11 Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen during the day.

An evening check for rare othoptera produced three Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and lots of singing Tree Crickets.