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11th Nov

Almost all the interest was at the shore again where two Red-breasted Mergansers, two Sooty Shearwaters, a Shag, 12 Little Gulls, 15 Mediterranean Gulls, a Puffin and an Arctic Tern were of note along with the Grey Phalarope. The hybrid Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull was also seen again. Other migrants on the land included four Swallows, three Chiffchaffs, 1050 Starlings, 170 Goldfinches and seven Siskins.

Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius   Dungeness   11th November 2022

Notable insects in the slightly warmer conditions included Spiked Shieldbug, Ornate Shieldbug, Brassica Bugs and Fire Bugs while the only "macro" in the moth trap was a Bloxworth Snout.

Bloxworth's Snout Hypena obsitalis   Dungeness   11th November 2022
This is our fourth individual this year. 

Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens   Dungeness   11th November 2022