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2016 Report

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15th Nov

A handful of birds flew over the area this morning including a Wood Lark, a Yellowhammer (first of the year in the Observatory area) and a Corn Bunting along with a few Redpolls and Siskins. Grounded migrants included a Blackcap, 25 Goldcrests, three Firecrests and a Fieldfare and a small increase in Blackbird numbers.
Three Mediterranean Gulls and a few Kittiwakes were seen offshore.

Another White-speck was the best of a small overnight catch of moths.
White-speck Mythimna unipuncta   Dungeness   15th November 2018
Elsewhere, a Pallid Swift was found feeding above housing to the north of New Romney in mid afternoon. 



Pallid Swift Apus pallidus   New Romney  15th November 2018

This bird was showing very well but in heavy cloud and fading light photographing it was very difficult. There has been an exceptional influx of swifts this month with almost all of them identified as Pallids. The slightly damaged appearance to the primary tips of the right wing appear to show that this is the same individual as that seen in Norfolk yesterday. 
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