The day started fairly quietly but from mid-morning large numbers of thrushes began to arrive and head NW through and over the area. Redwings dominated proceedings with at least 2200 birds counted along with six Sparrowhawks, a Buzzard, five Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Merlin, 25 Blackbirds, ten Fieldfares, 35 Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, four Grey Wagtails, two Rock Pipits, 250 Chaffinches, three Bramblings, 70 Redpolls, five Crossbills, 170 Goldfinches, 30 Siskins and 20 Reed Buntings.
|Brambling Fringilla montifringilla Dungeness 11th October 2020|
The sea remained quiet with just 80 Kittiwakes, two Mediterranean Gulls, a Great Skua, four Arctic Skuas and 57 Razorbills (plus 318 unidentified auks).
Eight Porpoises and two Grey Seals were seen in the calm conditions.
After finding a large colony of Mottled Shieldbugs on the Point the species was finally added to the Observatory garden list and a Clouded Yellow was seen in the Moat.