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2016 Report

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17th Oct

A few grounded migrants were present with the autumn's best total so far of Goldcrests (only eight), 30 Chiffchaffs, five Blackcaps, 25 Song Thrushes, nine Redwings and a brief Yellow-browed Warbler in the Lighthouse Garden.
Visible migration was also full of interest with five Great White Egrets coming in from the East, a Hobby, 73 Jackdaws, two Wood Larks, two Grey Wagtails, seven Rock Pipits, two Bramblings, seven Redpolls, 210 Siskins and 63 Reed Buntings.

The early morning seawatch produced over 1200 Gannets west along with a Great Skua and six Arctic Skuas whilst 320 Mediterranean Gulls were lingering offshore. Two Merlins flew out to sea.

With the warm weather continuing there was a good scattering of butterflies to be seen with four Clouded Yellows and a Brown Argus of note.

The excellent moth trapping continued again overnight with the obvious highlight being our second Beautiful Marbled of the year and an excellent supporting cast of a Gem, five Vestals, four Delicates, two Dark Sword-grass, a Turnip, one Udea ferrugalis and an exceptional total of six Palpita vitrealis.
Two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also seen. 


Beautiful Marbled Eublemma purpurina   Dungeness   17th October 2018
Our second record of the autumn.

Gem Orthonama obstipata   Dungeness   17th October 2018



Vestals Rhodometra sacraria   Dungeness   17th October 2018
Three different individuals showing variation in colours.