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31st Oct

A cloudy cold start to the day with the odd spot of rain, later the cloud cleared and out of the wind it was quite pleasant.
Just four birds caught in the Moat nets this morning but did include a nice male Firecrest.
The sea had a good selection of species including the following counts/highlights; 17 Brent Geese, 12 Shelduck, 74 Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, three Eider, Goldeneye, Great Northern Diver, two Red-throated Diver, 600 Gannet, Sooty Shearwater, four Mediterranean Gulls, 256 Common Gull, Caspian Gull - a new 1st winter bird, 1045 Kittiwake, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, 15 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill, 157 Auk sp, Merlin hunting offshore and 10300 Starling west.
On land; 28 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach near the Patch, nine Stock Dove, Peregrine, two Raven, Chiffchaff, two Dartford Warbler, Ring Ouzel, 38 Blackbird, three Redwing, six Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit, seven Lesser Redpoll, 34 Goldfinch and 14 Siskin.

Three Hare, two Harbour Porpoise, Stoat and the odd Red Admiral were the non-bird sightings.
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   31st October 2017 (Lee Gregory)

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   Dungeness   31st October 2017 (Lee Gregory)