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11th Nov

A bright and sunny morning saw a bit of visible migration included a Short-eared Owl, a Tree Sparrow, a Rock Pipit, three Bramblings, five Redpolls and ten Siskins whilst birds in the bushes included just two Chiffchaffs, a Dartford Warbler and six Goldcrests of note.

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus   Dungeness   11th November 2023

The water levels in the Trapping Area and Desert continue to rise with wellies virtually essential but even then some areas are only accessible with chest waders.

A Sabine's Gull was reported off the fishing boats in the morning but a couple of hours of watching failed to find it until a visit to the previously non-existent Patch revealed an adult bird among the throng which also included 60 Mediterranean Gulls and ten Little Gulls. The regular first-winter Arctic Tern was seen again.  

Sabine's Gull Xema sabini   adult   Dungeness   11th November 2023

A Common Seal and three Grey Seals were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert.

There was a notable passage of Red Admirals butterfly this afternoon with 30 seen coming across the bay and arriving at the Point. A Large White was also seen.