A reasonably calm morning saw a decent movement of birds overhead and in the bushes. Grounded migrants included 100 Chiffchaffs, ten Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat and three Wheatears. Birds passing overhead included a late Swift, 3600 Swallows, 360 Meadow Pipits, 200 Lesser Redpolls, five Crossbills and 200 Siskins. A few redpolls were caught and two were considered to be Common Redpolls Acanthis flammea. It remains quiet offshore with eight hours of watching producing nine Mediterranean Gulls, 825 Sandwich Terns and six Arctic Skuas.
|Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea first-winter Dungeness 30th September 2020|
|Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea ad.male Dungeness 30th September 2020|
The Nocmig recorder was also operated last night with a Snipe, two Sandwich Terns, 19 Redwings, 21 Song Thrushes, a Tree Pipit and two Meadow Pipits.
A Badger came into the garden during the night and ravaged the seed feeders. Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were noted offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.