However, after opening the last of the regular nets this morning the same distinctive call was heard and a brief but reasonable view of the bird was had. A few minutes later the bird found its way into a net when it was now possible to confirm its identity as a Humes's Warbler.
|Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei Dungeness 9th November 2017|
After ringing, taking notes and photographing the bird it was released back into the trapping area. It was heard calling at 1130 but was not seen again This is the third Observatory (and the first to be caught) and ninth Kent record.
Other migrants on the ground and overhead were very scarce with just two Firecrests, 25 Goldcrests, two Chiffchaffs, two Bramblings, a Bullfinch and 35 Redpolls of any interest.
The Grey Phalarope was feeding offshore between the Patch and the Point this afternoon but the sea was otherwise very quiet with just a Velvet Scoter, two Red-breasted Mergansers, a Sandwich Tern and nine Mediterranean Gulls west and four more lingering of note.