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24th Oct

Most of the birding interest was in a steady visible migration which produced 45 Stock Dove, seven Swallows, a Woodlark, 15 Skylarks, two Mistle Thrushes, five Fieldfares, five Tree Sparrows, four Rock Pipits, 22 Bramblings, 305 Chaffinches, 60 Siskins, 26 Redpolls, four Crossbills and 29 Reed Buntings. Grounded migrants included a late Wheatear and three Firecrests and two Dartford Warblers were seen in the Desert again.
There was very little offshore movement but 500 Mediterranean Gulls were still present.

Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.

The moth trap was almost devoid of moths but two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen around the Observatory and a good variety of butterflies were noted including 25 Red Admirals and late Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Small Heath. The insect highlight however was a male Vagrant Emperor which spent about 45 minutes around the Moat this afternoon. This is the first Observatory record of this rare visitor.

Vagrant Emperor Anax ephipper   Dungeness   24th October 2018