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2nd Nov

A misty morning developed into a warm and sunny day with a bit of visible migration and some passage offshore. The best of the seawatching was a party of six Goosanders but two Great Skuas flew east and an Arctic Skua, a Sandwich Tern and 1000 Kittiwakes also flew west.
A Short-eared Owl came in from the east along with 30 Skylarks and 3070 Starlings whilst other bits passing overhead included two Grey Wagtails, two Rock Pipits, 31 Bramblings, 25 Redpolls and 13 Siskins.
A Firecrest, a Ring Ouzel and a Bullfinch were seen in the bushes and two Dartford Warblers were still present.

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

Four species of butterfly were seen including a Clouded Yellow at the fishing boats.

Elsewhere, a first-winter Dotterel was found at ARC and viewable from the Hanson Hide. The egret roost at the eastern end of ARC had 16 Great Whites, 16 Little and a Cattle in it tonight.


Dotterel Charadrius morinellus   ARC Pit, Dungeness   2nd November 2017
Today was also Lee Gregory's final day as Assistant Warden at the Observatory. Thanks for all your help over the season and best wishes from us all for you and your future with Cathy in pastures new.