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30th Aug

Another cold, windy day with very little on the land and several hours looking at a fairly empty sea.

The best the sea could offer were four Pintail, eight Teal, 15 Turnstones, a party of five Snipe in off, 24 Mediterranean Gulls east, four Great Skuas and 17 Arctic Skuas in over 5.5 hours of watching.

A Grey Seal and a Porpoise were seen offshore and a Common Pipistrelle in the trapping area was picked up on the Bat Detector.

The wind finally dropped just in time for another foray after dark into the trapping area for rare orthoptera and proved to be an excellent night with eight Large Coneheads (seven females) and 12 Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets including two nymphs. Earlier in the day a female Southern Oak Bush-cricket was found in the front garden of the observatory.

Large Conehead Ruspolia nitidula and Southern Oak Bush-cricket Meconema meridionale 
Dungeness   30th August 2020