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22nd Oct

With a light westerly breeze and clear skies grounded migrations were fairly few and far between. A Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Merlin, two Woodlarks, ten Chiffchaffs and eight Goldcrests were of note. There was also a steady trickle of birds passing overhead including 65 Skylarks, 50 Swallows, 70 House Martins, a Fieldfare, ten Tree Sparrows, a Rock Pipit, 18 Bramblings, three Bullfinches, 85 Redpolls, 500 Goldfinches, 100 Siskins and 30 Reed Buntings

Seawatching was also fairly slow-going with nearly three hours of watching eventually producing nine Little Gulls, 230 Mediterranean Gulls, an Arctic Skua, 161 Razorbills, eight Red-throated Divers and 1011 Gannets.

Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.

A Cosmopolitan and a Vestal were of note from the moth traps.

Cosmopolitan Leucania loreyi   Dungeness   22nd October 2023