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14th Nov

Another quiet morning - autumn really does seem to be coming to an end. Three hours of seawatching produced four Red-breasted Mergansers, two Mediterranean Gulls, 145 Kittiwakes, eight Sandwich Terns and singles of Great and Arctic Skua. On the land a couple each of Chiffchaff and Firecrest were the only notable birds.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

An example of what I believe to be Rhodotus palmatus was found on a dead branch of Elm at the southern end of the trapping area. This appears to be a fairly scarce fungus at a national level and a new species for the Observatory area. 

Rhodotus palmatus   Dungeness   14th November 2019