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15th Oct

It was another day of relatively few birds on the land but it was good in quality with three Yellow-browed Warblers being the stars of the show. One was found and later caught in the trapping area, one was in the garden of Southview Cottage and one was at the top end of the Long Pits. Two Firecrests, 18 Redwings, 15 Song Thrushes, three Wheatears and eight Black Redstarts were also noteworthy. Overhead movement consisted mainly of a few Goldfinches and Siskins along with a Hobby, a Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, a Brambling, a Crossbill and 65 Reed Buntings.
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus   Dungeness   15th October 2018
Offshore passage was very limited but 66 Mediterranean Gulls with three Arctic Skuas in attendance were seen. Two Great Skuas also flew west.

Three Porpoises were seen offshore and a party of three Brown Hares were seen near the Sanctuary.

Moth-trapping was very disappointing with just a Clancy's Rustic of any note.

There was no sign of any Asian Hornets today and yesterdays individual has been taken away for genetic analysis. Several Ivy Bees were feeding on the Ivy flowers in the Lighthouse Garden.