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18th Oct

The morning was dominated by a decent vizmig with high counts of 160 Skylarks, 20 Redpolls, 145 Goldfinches, 127 Siskins and 20 Reed Buntings and scarcer species in the form of six Tree Sparrows, three Rock Pipits and three Bramblings while grounded migrants included 35 Chiffchaff, five Blackcaps, 21 Goldcrests and 11 Song Thrushes. A Barn Owl has been recorded calling on several nights recently and this morning one was finally seen in the flesh.

Very quiet offshore with just four Mediterranean Gulls, five Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Skua and 47 Razorbills of interest.

Moth trapping produced two Vestals and a Radford's Flame Shoulder from the Observatory but the clear highlight was a Death's-head Hawk-moth caught at Southview Cottage.