23rd Oct

Cloudy with light winds this morning but soon changed with frequent showers from mid- morning and the breeze picking up, then from noon constant horizontal drizzle for the rest of the day.
The highlights from a couple of seawatching spells today were few and far between with a Red-necked Grebe, Little Gull and Arctic Tern being the only standout birds. The now regular first-winter Caspian Gull was joined by another today with this one bearing a German ring also the adult Yellow-legged Gull was still in residence.
On land things were much better today with some good movements of birds and new arrivals including the following birds logged; 16 Goldcrest, 45 Long-tailed Tit included 23 new birds ringed, 14 Chiffchaff, Dartford Warbler still, 11 Ring Ouzel, Fieldfare, 15 Song Thrush, seven Redwing, two Mistle Thrush - first of the year, Grey Wagtail, 380 Meadow Pipit, two Bullfinch, 12 Greenfinch, 35 Lesser Redpoll, 1177 Goldfinch, 42 Siskin and the first Lapland Bunting of the year over.


Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   23rd October 2017 (Martin Casemore)

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   23rd October 2017 (Lee Gregory)
The moth trap held very few moths this morning but did include a couple of migrants namely a Delicate and a Turnip.