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26th Aug

Commoner migrants arrived in excellent numbers again today with a juvenile Cuckoo, 200 Willow Warblers, two Grasshopper Warblers, 15 Reed Warblers, 11 Blackcaps, three Garden Warblers, 26 Lesser Whitethroats, another early Goldcrest, 11 Spotted Flycatchers, two Pied Flycatchers, eight Redstarts and three Whinchats on the land and five Buzzards, 77 Yellow Wagtails, three Grey Wagtails and 11 Tree Pipits passing overhead. The sea was very slow-going with just a Balearic Shearwater, 15 Mediterranean Gulls and a first-winter Caspian Gull of note.  

The moth traps produced a Convolvulus Hawkmoth and a Delicate whilst the regular evening search for crickets found three Large Coneheads and eight Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets. A Mediterranean Stick-insect was seen again.

A Firebug was found in the Old Lighthouse garden.

Fire Bug Pyrrhocorus apterus   Dungeness   26th August 2022