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8th Sep

A decent little arrival of migrants this morning with a Cuckoo, 15 Chiffchaffs, two Sedge Warblers, 16 Blackcaps, a Redstart and eight Wheatears with an additional four Grey Wagtails and 65 Siskins passed overhead. 
The days highlight though came late in proceedings with a Nightjar flying around the Trapping Area at dusk.

Quiet offshore yet again with just 60 Dunlin and 364 Sandwich Tern flying west.

The now regular nocturnal visit to the trapping area produced 11 Large Coneheads (including an ovipositing female) and 12 Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets. Three Southern Oak Bush-crickets were found in the Observatory garden and the Mediterranean Stick-insect population increased to four.
Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phaneroptera falcata   Dungeness   8th September 2020
An ovipositing female.- the first time i have seen occur.