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23rd Oct

With a light south-easterly at first light it was hoped that there would be a decent seawatch but apart from 34 Little Gulls, an excellent total of 314 Mediterranean Gulls and 38 Sandwich Terns there was not much else moving. Other bits and pieces included 36 Brent Geese, six Shelduck, a Common Tern, an Arctic Skua, ten Red-throated Divers and 392 Gannets.

It was also quiet on the land with a Merlin, 16 Skylarks, 26 Swallows, seven Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps, four Song Thrushes, a late Whinchat, two Wheatears, four Bramblings, 11 Greenfinches, 321 Redpolls, 300 Goldfinches and 75 Siskins of interest.

A Porpoise, three Grey Seal and a distant unidentified dolphin were feeding offshore.

The moth traps continue to produce some decent catches with three Palpita vitrealis,  three Gems, a Vestal, a Radford's Flame Shoulder and a Delicate of note.

A Western Conifer Seed-bug was also attracted to the lights.

Radford's Flame Shoulder Ochropleura leucogaster   Dungeness   23rd October 2023

Western Conifer Seed Bug Leptoglossus occidentalis   Dungeness   23rd October 2023