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29th Oct

Very quiet on the land and passing overhead with just a Dartford Warbler, a Firecrest, three Fieldfares, a Mistle Thrush, two Rock Pipits, 1465 Goldfinches and 45 Siskin of note. Over 3.5 hours of seawatching produced two Gadwall, a Great Northern Diver, 276 Kittiwakes, 125 Mediterranean Gulls, 32 Little Gulls, an Arctic Skua, two Arctic Terns and 797 Razorbills of interest. 

Two Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore, a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert and Badger spent much of the evening in the Observatory garden, 

There was little doubt about the highlight of the day though with the finding of a remarkable 12 Crimson Speckled moths during the day and our first record of the rare pyralid Antigastra catalaunalis. Further exciting moths included Caloptilia rufipennellaTuta absoluta (new for the Observatory), nine Palpita vitrealis, two Vestals, nine Scarce Bordered Straws and a Delicate.  A Birch Shieldbug was found on the Observatory wall and two Western Conifer Seed-bug came to the lights.

Crimson Speckled Utetheisa pulchella   Dungeness   29th October 2022

Antigastra catalaunalis   Dungeness   29th October 2022