A cold, bright and clear morning saw a few grounded migrants, a decent number of birds moving overhead and some seawatching. The highlight of the day was probably a Bittern which showed well for a time as it sunned itself at the Long Pits. Grounded migrants included 60 Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps, two Ring Ouzels, 40 Song Thrushes and 46 Reed Buntings. The highlights of the visible migration were 720 Starlings, seven Tree Sparrows, a Yellow Wagtail, three Grey Wagtails, 16 Rock Pipits, an excellent total of 120 Bramblings and at least 60 Siskins. Nearly five hours of seawatching produced 89 Wigeon, a Sooty Shearwater, 66 Mediterranean Gulls and a Great Skua of note. Two Merlins were hunting around the beach.
|Bittern Botaurus stellaris Dungeness 13th October 2021|
Four Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
With a cold night the moth catch was small but included our second record of Radford's Flame Shoulder.
|Radford's Flame Shoulder Ochropluera leucogaster Dungeness 13th October 2021|
|Ivy Bee Colletes hederea Dungeness 13th October 2021|
|Mottled Shieldbug Rhaphigaster nebulosa Dungeness 13th October 2021|