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10th Aug

Another very hot day and very few birds to be seen but they did include a Pied Flycatcher in the trapping area and six migrant Wheatears. A Tree Pipit and eight Yellow Wagtails flew over. Three Common Sandpipers were seen at the Long Pits in the morning and another five flew over after dark. Two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls came to bread at the fishing boats.

The moth traps struck gold this morning with a superb Bedstraw Hawkmoth being the obvious highlight and only the second Observatory record. Also of note were a Tree-lichen Beauty and a Rest Harrow.
Bedstraw Hawkmoth Hyles gallii   Dungeness   10th August 2020
A walk out after dark to check on the rare orthoptera of the area produced another outstanding chorus from the Tree Crickets along with four Sickle-bearing Tree Crickets. There were easily a hundred Ectobius montanus as well.

Ectobius montanus   Dungeness    10th August 2020

Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phanoptera falcata   female nymph   Dungeness   10th August 2020
I didn't realise when I was trying to to get this shot that there was also an Ectobius montanus in the image.