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5th Nov

The day started with clear skies but rain and strong winds arrived fairly quickly. The early morning saw a reasonable movement of birds overhead including 50 Stock Doves, 3450 Wood Pigeons, 14 Swallows, two Rock Pipits, 12 Bramblings, 70 Redpolls, 300 Goldfinches and 30 Siskins and a very surprising record of a Hoopoe which was not seen again after the original sighting. However, this was easily surpassed by the finding of a superb Siberian Stonechat at the eastern end of the Lorry Road. It then spent the day in a fairly small area but the rapidly deteriorating weather made watching and photographing it very difficult. A remarkable seven Dartford Warblers around the Point were also noteworthy.

Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus   Dungeness   5th November 2022

There was also a steady westerly movement of birds offshore with two Eiders, six Red-breasted Mergansers, 950 Kittiwakes, five Little Gulls and an Arctic Tern of note. 

A Brown Hare was also seen.