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14th Nov

A light SE breeze with heavy cloud saw a a light passage of birds overhead and in the bushes and a decent morning seawatch. The Sabine's Gull was seen again but was much more elusive today. Over three hours of seawatching produced 328 Brent Geese, 23 Shelducks, 17 Shovelers, 28 Wigeon, 25 Pintails, 66 Teal, two Tufted Ducks, three Velvet Scoters, two Red-breasted Mergansers, three Little Gulls, 18 Mediterranean Gulls and yet another Puffin. Overhead passage saw 65 Stock Doves, nine Bramblings, 35 Redpolls and 92 Siskins. Three Dartford Warblers were seen again along with a few grounded migrants including seven Chiffchaffs, 20 Goldcrests, four Fieldfares, 50 Redwings and six Black Redstarts

Two Porpoise and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.

The moth traps produced our fourth Cosmopolitan of the autumn and a Scarce Umber which was surprisingly only our third record.

Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantaria   Dungeness   14th November 2022