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14th Sep

The highlight of the day was the finding of an Ortolan Bunting seen briefly in the moat before it flew off around the Point and then appearing to settle near the Railway Station. Despite searching it was not again until the late afternoon when it was on the access road to the Observatory. There was a decent spread of other common migrants with the best being 35 Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest, three Pied Flycatcher and a Redstart. The Wryneck remained in its usual spots in the southern Desert area throughout the day.
There was also some overhead passage with two Merlins, 430 Sand Martins, 1000 Swallows, 2000 House Martins, 15 Yellow Wagtails, five Grey Wagtails, six Tree Pipits, five Siskins and 14 Reed Buntings
About 13 Arctic Skuas were seen offshore during the day and eight Black Terns flew west..

Six Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

The moth traps did not produce much overnight but this aberrant Treble-bar was of interest.
An unusually marked Treble-bar Aplocera plagiata   Dungeness   14th September 2018
The Cattle Egret flock increased to five birds and are still being seen with the cattle in the fields at Boulderwall or at ARC.