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11th Nov

A warm, calm and cloudy morning saw a few finches passing overhead and just a few birds in the bushes. A Firecrest and five Black Redstarts were about the best on offer from the land but birds overhead included 2,600 Starlings, two Rock Pipits, three Bramblings, 80 Lesser Redpolls, a Common Redpoll and a Lapland Bunting flew over. At least 13 Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore and 210 Gannets, ten Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua flew west.

A Badger was feeding in the Observatory Garden in the early hours and a Porpoise was seen offshore.

The moth trap came up trumps with an Oak Rustic amongst just seven macromoths trapped - a new species for the Observatory.

Oak Rustic Dryobota labecula   Dungeness   11th November 2021