13th Nov

Another decent November day. There was a fair bit offshore (although mostly lingering) with 200 Gannets, three Sandwich Terns, 68 Mediterranean Gulls and 350 Kittiwakes but with a Velvet Scoter,  an Eider and two Great Skuas passing through. A Purple Sandpiper also flew west but this was presumably the bird found on the groyne at Dengemarsh Gully later in the day.
There were at least two Dartford Warblers in the broom and gorse around the Point along with five Stonechats, one of which looked odd but was presumably a spp rubicola. Other bits passing through included a Grey Plover, two Lapwings, 1500 Starlings, 28 Fieldfares, two Grey Wagtails and two Bramblings. A Woodcock was also flushed from the moat and two Buzzards were hunting at the north end of the Long Pits.

A Common Seal was also feeding offshore and two Red Admirals were seen despite the cold conditions. 



Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata   Dungeness   13th November 2017
This bird was even singing at times this afternoon





Stonechat Saxicola rubicola rubicola   first-winter male  Dungeness   13th November 2017
Another odd-looking Stonechat. At times the rump looked unstreaked but photos clearly show otherwise and therefore presumably eliminates Siberian Stonechat as does the pattern of the underwing coverts.