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29th July

With calm conditions this morning the first reasonable arrival of Willow Warblers occurred with around 60 birds in the area. However, there was very little else in the way of grounded migrants. A party of eight Redshanks flew west over the trapping area this morning and this evening a Little Ringed Plover flew south along the beach. 

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore again.

Dragonflies provided plenty of interest today with our third-ever Willow Emerald seen in the trapping area this morning and then a Lesser Emperor seen in the Moat in the afternoon. Two male Small Red-eyed Damselflies were also seen at the Long Pits again.
Lesser Emperor Anax parthenope   Dungeness   29th July 2020
A check of the "cricket patch" at dusk produced six nymphs of Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and a few brief bursts of Tree Cricket song was heard. Two Small Red-eyed Danselflies were seen a the southern end of the Long Pits. In addition, at least ten of the recently identified cockroach Ectobius montanus were seen among clubrush in one of the old bomb craters in the same area.