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29th Oct

A cold, dull breezy start with the odd spell of light drizzle in the air clearing late afternoon to reveal a beautiful sunny end to the day.
It was too windy for the nets but three Goldfinch, a new Bullfinch and a Lesser Redpoll were caught in the Moat.
Highlights from two spells of seawatching at both ends of the day; two Velvet Scoter, 400 Gannet feeding offshore, Little Egret, Common Buzzard in off, two Arctic Skua, 219 Mediterranean Gulls east, 500 Kittiwake offshore first thing then 167 east later in the day, Yellow-legged Gull and a Little Auk close west was a bit of a surprise.
On land there were a few birds of note; a small influx of fve Sparrowhawk including one in off the sea, two Firecrest, Ring Ouzel, three Black Redstart and four Tree Sparrow.

Non-avian highlights included a Grey Seal offshore and a Death's-head Hawkmoth rescued from a water butt at Pluto, it appeared unharmed by his dunking after drying out!
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus   Dungeness   29th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)

Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis   Dungeness   29th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)
Little Auk Alle alle   Dungeness   29th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)
Death's-head Hawkmoth Acherontia atropos   Dungeness   28th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)