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Very few bots request a favicon. Most don't ask for images either.Here it sounds as if all information comes from analytics. Why bother to visit the site at all if you can just send in a request to GA, where it won't be subject to the site’s own access controls?
This would be the difference between logs and analytics? Makes sense (and implies one needs to do both!).
I don't use analytics on my sites. I doubt that it's fully trustworthy.Can't hurt to use both. I primarily look at logs, but that includes requests for the analytics file (not GA, obviously). If someone walks in off the street--or off a search engine--heading straight for a fragment rather than the page-as-a-whole, I'd like to know about it.
In Google Analytics, there is not much info about this traffic other than the fact that it's a "direct" source with a "none" medium and no referral whatsoever. Usually, this type of traffic comes directly from a browser, but I can assure you this is not the case here.