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20th Aug

Very quiet on the land except for a Kingfisher at the Long Pits and a Pied Flycatcher in the Lighthouse Garden but there was a decent bit of passage on the sea with the obvious highlight of 29 Balearic Shearwaters along with a Great Skua and eight Arctic Skuas. A Little Gull was feeding at the Patch. 

Ten Porpoises and four Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

An evening visit to the Desert produced an excellent total of eight Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets (seven adults and one late-stage nymph). The Tree Cricket chorus was fantastic again and several Ectobius montanus were also seen.

Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phanoptera falcata   Dungeness   20th August 2020.

Tree Cricket Oecanthus pellucens   Dungeness   20th August 2020.