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19th Nov

A light NW breeze with some drizzle resulted in a surprisingly good seawatch. Highlights included a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 14 Gadwall, four Pintail, six Tufted Ducks, three Velvet Scoters, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, six Black-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 159 Little Gulls, 25 Mediterranean Gulls, five Sandwich Terns and singles of Great and Arctic Skuas. Numbers were provided 354 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 133 Teal, 1190 Gannets, 1820 Kittiwakes, 1823 Razorbills and 925 'auk' species. A female Eider was also feeding offshore. Three Snipe, three Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest and 13 Goldcrests were seen in the Trapping Area and a Mistle Thrush, two Tree Sparrows, six Bramblings, two Redpolls and 18 Siskin passed overhead.  

Five Porpoises and singles of Common and Grey Seal were seen offshore.

One moth trap was put out at last night and was surprisingly productive with our second-ever Tawny Pinion of note along with a Satellite and a Dark Sword-grass.

Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea   Dungeness   19th November 2022