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26th Oct

A very light westerly breeze with the odd fine drizzle shower late morning.
The nets were quite busy today with 118 birds caught of 15 species including; 43 Goldcrest, 41 Lesser Redpoll including a controlled bird, nine Chiffchaff, four female Bullfinch, Firecrest and a Whitethroat
Seabirds were still moving despite the light winds; 345 Brent Geese, three Eider, 1105 Gannet, two Manx Shearwater, 34 Mediterranean Gull, 426 Kittiwake, five Great and four Arctic Skua.
On/over land highlights included; Great Northern Diver which flew between the lighthouses! 104 Woodpigeon, a late adult Hobby, Firecrest, two Woodlark south, 30 Chiffchaff, a late Whitethroat, two Dartford Warbler, 17400 Starling, three Ring Ouzel, six Fieldfare, nine Redwing, two Black Redstart, 215 Chaffinch, five Bullfinch, 138 Lesser Redpoll, 192 Goldfinch, 110 Siskin and a Yellowhammer

The Moth Trap produced some nice migrants including a Red-headed Chestnut which is the first for the Obs and 6th area record, a Cosmopolitan which is far from annual plus Dark Swordgrass, two Vestal and three Udea ferrugalis. Nearby at Greatstone on Sea a Spoladea recurvalis was caught which is only the 4th area record of this smart micro moth. 

On the RSPB Reserve 3 Mandarin, Cattle Egret, Yellow-browed and Dartford Warbler were seen.
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula   Dungeness   26th October 2017 (Martin Casemore)

Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata   Dungeness   26th October (Martin Casemore)
Red-headed Chestnut Conistra erythrocephala   Dungeness 25th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)
Cosmopolitan Leucania loreyi   Dungeness   25th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)
Spoladea recurvalis    Greatstone on Sea   25th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)