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5th Nov

What started out as a seemingly quiet morning after a cold, clear night suddenly came to life when a Hume's Warbler was heard and fairly quickly seen at the northern end of the Trapping Area. It proved to be fairly vocal so was not to difficult to locate but was quite hard to get good views of as it flitted quickly through the Sallow bushes. 

Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei   Dungeness   5th November 2020
This is the fourth Observatory record.

Remarkably as we were trying to locate the Hume's Warbler a Dusky Warbler was also found in one of the mistnets set just a few yards away. This was subsequently ringed at the Observatory and released in the Moat where it was seen later on several occasions.






Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus   Dungeness   5th November 2020
The ninth Observatory record.

Other migrants were actually very sparsely spread but they did include a Short-eared Owl, a Woodlark, four Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, two Firecrests, a Tree Sparrow, three Bramblings, 30 Redpolls, a Crossbill and 16 Siskins. 

A NocMig recorder was also used last night and produced single Golden Plover and Sandwich Tern, 84 Redwings, 44 Blackbirds and eight Song Thrushes.