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Local weather


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14th Oct

Bright, cold and clear weather resulted in a decent movement of birds overhead but very little in the way of grounded migrants and a very quiet sea. Of note among the birds passing overhead were a Short-eared Owl, a Woodlark, 12 Skylarks, a Rock Pipit, 30 Chaffinches, three Bramblings, 30 Redpolls, a Crossbill, 150 Goldfinches, 360 Siskins and 36 Reed Buntings. Just nine Chiffchaffs and a Dartford Warbler were of note on the ground. Seawatching produced just 12 Little Gulls, 27 Mediterranean Gulls and nine Arctic Skuas of interest.

A few Mottled Shieldbugs were seen in the Lighthouse garden.

Elsewhere, the Pallid Harrier was seen around Dengemarsh again.