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Local weather


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14th Oct

With a fine and clear morning most of the interest involved birds passing overhead including a Wood Lark, 124 Skylarks, 115 Swallows, 343 House Martins, 31 Tree Sparrows, six Grey Wagtails, two Rock Pipits, 214 Chaffinches, 12 Bramblings, 570 Goldfinches, 170 Siskins and 73 Reed Buntings. Grounded migrants were much scarcer but with five Great Spotted Woodpecker, 45 Chiffchaffs, two Dartford Warblers, a Firecrest and 15 Song Thrushes. The sea remains quiet but six Mediterranean Gulls and 209 Razorbills flew west. 

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Badger came into the Observatory Garden this evening.

Another Palpita vitrealis and a Red-green Carpet were the best from the moth traps. Six Ornate Shieldbugs were found in front of the observatory.