27th Oct

A beautiful sunny day with a slightly cool light northerly breeze.
The nets were much quieter this morning with twenty two birds caught comprising of 15 Goldcrest, three Robin and singles of Wren, Blue Tit, Blackbird and Song Thrush.
Seawatching was slow with 198 Brent Geese, seven Shelduck, just two Common Scoter, 75 Gannet milling around, a Knot, 20 Auk sp, nine Kittiwake and three Mediterranean Gulls.
Visible migration was down today compared to the last few days with the following birds logged; 179 Stock Dove, 47 Goldcrest, three Swallow, Dartford Warbler, 1350 Starling, 18 Blackbird, 17 Song Thrush, Six Redwing, Mistle ThrushBlack Redstart, two Wheatear, 59 Meadow Pipit, five Brambling, 51 Chaffinch, two Bullfinch, five Greenfinch, 40 Lesser Redpoll and 15 Siskin
In the nice weather a few insects were on the wing including; 50 Common Darter, Small White, 10 Red Admiral and three Small Copper. The moth trap contained a few migrants with 4 Silver 'Y', 12 Udea ferrugalis and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth seen in the Old Lighthouse garden. A Sword-grass was caught at New Romney and is only the third area record with previous records in 1949 and 1964, at Greatstone-on-Sea an Oak Rustic was caught and at Dungeness a White Speck.
Sword-grass Xylena exsoleta   New Romney   26th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)
Oak Rustic Dryobota labecula   Greatstone-on-Sea   26th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)