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21st Oct

A day of strong winds and some rain. There was a good overhead movement of finches with 16 Redpolls, 5040 Goldfinches and 40 Siskins as well as 100 Skylarks, 30 Swallows, two Tree Sparrows and 260 Meadow Pipits. Grounded migrants included a Short-eared Owl, two Dartford Warblers and four Firecrests. Seawatching produced three Velvet Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser, five Little Gulls, 17 Mediterranean Gulls, a second-winter Caspian Gull, an Arctic Tern and 1080 Razorbills.

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The moth traps were very productive with a Dewick's Plusia of great note along with three Vestals, a Scarce Bordered Straw and 140 Rush Veneers. The undoubted highlight though was a Crimson Speckled found this afternoon near the Sanctuary.

Dewick's Plusia Macdunnoughia confusa   Dungeness   21st October 2022