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2nd Aug

There was a decent arrival of Willow Warblers this morning with about 50 birds scattered around the Point but there was not a great deal else to be seen. During the early hours both Common Sandpiper and Redshank called as they flew over the Observatory.

The moth traps provided plenty of interest this morning with a Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Pine Hawk-moth (although this may need to be checked for Southern Pine), a Tree-lichen Beauty, a Scarce Bordered Straw, two Langmaid's Yellow Underwings, the scarce pyralid Ancylosis oblitella and the migrant tortrix Cydia amplana

A Lesser Emperor dragonfly was seen at the northern end of the Long Pits and nine Small Red-eyed Damselflies were seen at the southern end. 

A evening search for rare orthoptera found another three nymph Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and a few Tree Crickets but surprisingly no singing was heard from the latter. 

Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phaneroptera falcata and Tree Cricket Oecanthus pelluscens
Dunugeness    2nd August 2019