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24th Aug

There was a small arrival of migrants this morning with the highlights including a Sedge Warbler, three Garden Warblers, a Whinchat, six Wheatears and a Pied Flycatcher whilst numbers were provided by 30 Willow Warblers. Birds passing overhead during the morning included 30 Yellow Wagtails, two Grey Wagtails and three Tree Pipits but the highlight was saved until the afternoon when an Osprey flew through.
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca   Dungeness   24th August 2020
It was fairly hard-going offshore with just a trickle of terns and a couple of Arctic Skuas of note. A Mediterranean Gull and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull were also seen.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Another evening search for orthoptera with Peter Sutton proved highly successful with the finding of 12 Large Coneheads and including a rare brown form, three Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets, lots of Tree Crickets in the trapping area and then a superb mature Mediterranean Stick-insect at the Observatory.

Large Conehead Ruspolia nitidula   Dungeness   24th August 2020
A vrare brown form above and a typical form below.

Mediterranean Stick-insect Bacillus rossius   Dungeness   24th August 2020