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6th Nov

The coldest morning of the autumn so far with clear skies and a heavy frost overnight resulted in a light passage of birds overhead including 15 Skylarks, 36 Fieldfares, five Song Thrushes, a Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, ten Bramblings and a few Chaffinches, Siskins and Redpolls. A Woodcock and three Snipe also arrived.
At least two Dartford Warblers were still present and following Stonechats around, a Bullfinch was seen in the trapping area and a party of 12 Long-tailed Tits (migrants?) dropped into the moat.
The local pair of Ravens were around again and appear to be re-establishing their breeding territory. 
Very quiet offshore with a just a single Eider of interest. 

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus   Dungeness   6th November 2017 (Gill Hollamby) 

Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata   Dungeness   6th November 2017
Three Red Admirals and a Small Copper were still on the wing.

Elsewhere, the Dotterel was seen again at both Scotney and at ARC and at least 17 Great White Egrets came into the evening roost at ARC.