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24th Oct

Fresh westerly winds saw a trickle of birds moving west offshore and birds moving overhead but still very little in the bushes. The best of the birds on the land were 35 Stock Doves, two Short-eared Owls, a Woodlark, 35 Skylarks, 25 Swallows, four Chiffchaffs, ten Goldcrests, eight Redwings, two Tree Sparrows, three Bramblings, 50 Redpolls and 70 Siskins. Nearly eight hours of seawatching produced just 15 Knot, three Little Gulls, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, an Arctic Tern, two Arctic Skuas, a Black-throated Diver and 810 Gannets.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore.

Another decent night of moth-trapping produced four Palpita vitrealis, six Gems, two Red-green Carpets, a Scarce Bordered Straw and another Cosmopolitan.

Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata   Dungeness   24th October 2023