One of the Merlins found its way into the wheelhouse of one of the fishing boats and enabled us to catch and ring it. It was noticeably large in the hand and when measured it had a wing length of 238mm which puts it right on the extreme top end of the range of the larger Icelandic race Falco columbarius subaesalon.
|Merlin Falco columbarius ssp subaesalon Dungeness 21st October 2019
|Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus adult female Dungeness 21st October 2019
|Sabine's Gull Xema sabini juvenile Dungeness 21st October 2019
One Porpoise was feeding offshore.
A Red-green Carpet (only the sixth Observatory record), a Satellite and a Delicate were the highlights from a couple of very soggy mothtraps.