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27th Oct

Strong southerly winds brough a bit more variety to the seawatching where seven hours of coverage eventually produced a Sooty Shearwater, 630 Kittiwakes,159 Little Gulls, 35 Mediterranean Gulls, 18 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern, nine Arctic Skuas, 1521 Razorbills and the highlight in the form of a Grey Phalarope. Grounded migrants were relatively scarce although three Dartford Warblers, two Firecrests and a Wheatear were of note and passage overhead included two Great White Egrets, 21 Swallows, 470 Starlings, three Rock Pipits, 1060 Goldfinches and 73 Siskins.

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Moths provided much of the days excitement with a remarkable total of five Crimson Speckled being found during the day and two Palpita vitrealis, a Vestal, two Scarce Bordered Straws and a White-speck trapped overnight. Six Ornate Shieldbugs and two Forest Bugs were seen from around the Observatory and a Tree Cricket was heard singing at dusk.

Crimson Speckled Utethesia pulchella   Dungeness   27th October 2022
One of the five Crimson Speckled seen in the DBO recording area today.