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24th Oct

An initially calm start to the day soon deteriorated with the wind increasing and visibility becoming poor due to almost constant light drizzle, fortunately it did improve by mid afternoon.
Despite the challenging conditions both sea and land did OK today, no real stand out birds but a pleasant steady day with reasonable numbers of birds to look through.
Highlights from just shy of six hours seawatching were; 246 Brent Geese, 60 Common Scoter, two Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Red-throated Diver, Manx Shearwater, 1387 Gannet, Great Skua, eight Arctic Skua, adult Pomarine Skua, 329 Razorbill, 79 Guillemot, 672 Auk sp, 66 Kittiwake, 27 Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull and both of yesterdays Caspian Gulls on the beach.
On land; two Firecrest, 18 Swallow, seven Chiffchaff, five Ring Ouzel, Mistle Thrush, female Bullfinch, 50 Chaffinch, 240 Goldfinch and eight Siskin.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   24th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   24th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   24th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)
The German ringed bird still present today, we have not received the original ringing data yet but a message from Maarten van Kleinwee notifying us that he had seen the same bird at Blaringhem Landfill Site, France in the 2nd week of October.

Little Gull Larus minutus   Dungeness   24th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)

Little Gull Larus minutus   Dungeness   24th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)

The moth trap contained a few migrant moths this morning with seven Silver 'Y', Delicate, two Palpita vitrealis and Udea ferrugalis. The moth of the day was a Radford's Flame Shoulder caught at Pluto just the 4th Dungeness record. Four Porpoise and two Brown Hare were also seen.
Delicate Mythimna vitellina   Dungeness   24th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)

Radford's Flame Shoulder Ochropleura leucogaster   Pluto, Dungeness   24th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)