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21st Oct

Light southerly winds overnight increased rapidly to gale force during the morning meant that most observations came from the sea but even here it was pretty disappointing with just five Little Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, two Sandwich Terns and 2,232 Gannets of any interest. Fifteen Swallows and 300 Goldfinches also passed through.

It was very warm overnight which resulted in an excellent arrival of migrant moths with singles of Palpita vitrealis, Gem, Vestal and Scarce Bordered Straw and the clear highlight of the second Observatory record of the pyralid moth Antigastra catalaunalis.

Antigastra catalaunalis   Dungeness   21st October 2023