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16th Oct

A cloudy morning with a light SE wind yet again failed to produce very much in the way of grounded migrants but with the first Wood LarkCoal Tit and Goldcrest of the autumn. There was some overhead movement with four Swallows, two Grey Wagtails, 24 Bramblings, 120 Goldfinch and 75 Siskins of note. It was also quiet offshore with three Mediterranean Gulls, 35 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Skuas of interest.

During the early hours there was an almost continuous presence of Nathusius's and Common Pipistrelles and it was the same for a short time after dusk but intriguingly the Echo Meter bat recorder identified a couple of call sequences in quick succession as a Kuhl's Pipistrelle. I have noted 100's of registrations in the last few nights of the three commoner pipistrelles but these are the first that it has suggested Kuhl's Pipistrelles and the sonograms certainly looked different to any I have seen recently..

What may well be my final nocturnal visit of the year to look for rarer orthoptera proved surprisingly successful with good numbers of singing Tree Crickets and a female Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket being found.