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23rd Aug

Strong westerly winds saw a reduced passage offshore with just singles of Balearic and Manx Shearwaters, three Bar-tailed Godwits, eight Little Terns, 373 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Skuas of note. Overhead passage included 15 Swifts, 40 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and a Tree Pipit but the bushes were almost devoid of migrants.

The rough seas made observing sea mammals difficult but two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen and in the evening the kids in the block found a grounded and very weak Whiskered Bat and which has now been taken into care.

The highlight of a handful of moths in the traps overnight was another Golden Twin-spot but the real excitement occurred this evening when it became apparent that a Large Conehead had been seen earlier in the day in the moat. Searching after dark proved astonishingly successful with the finding of another three individuals in close proximity in the trapping area along with eight Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and another deafening chorus from the Tree Crickets.

Large Conehead Ruspolia nitidula   female   Dungeness   23rd August 2020
I am not sure how many Britiish records there have been
 but there are very few and most of them are from the Scilly Isles.