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5:02PM

Migration

No moth trapping for me last night- the nights are so clear and cold it's hardly worth it-but a busy morning , with a bit of twitching sandwiched between two worthy sessions of local "patchwork".

As usual I began the day sitting on one of the clifftop memorial benches in HCPNR, since last year my favoured method of doing the Autumn Migration Watch. Sitting still means you can hear so much more clearly, and pick out  the fairly distant seabirds below. The results of this two hours appear elsewhere, but it was enjoyable watching a steady stream of small birds passing close by, notably a fine male Ring Ouzel heading east, as were Siskins in spluttering groups of up to 50, and my first 9 Brent Geese here this autumn.

After that I headed off to East Guldeford Levels, but just as I arrived, received news that the Yellow-browed Warbler found yesterday at Dungeness, [but missed by me] was still around the old lighthouse. It seemed a shame not to give it another go. Arriving at the lighthouse I learned that the bird had flown off into the gorse, but while looking for it there had great views of 4 Firecrests, and a couple of continental Coal Tits, both present in some numbers at Dungeness at the moment. I had not previously had a good look at a continental Coal Tit in the UK before [and not really bothered abroad], but one obligingly sat atop the gorse right next to me so I could see the distinctive grey back and bright white cheeks. Smart move leaving the camera in the car... Very nice , and soon I heard the distinctive see-oo-wit call of the Yellow Browed Warbler some way off, tracked it down with others and saw it well.

Mission accomplished, I headed back to a rather windswept EG Levels, where I was struck by the number of Migrant Hawkers [possibly continental immigrants] and Common Darters in sheltered spots. Bird migration was still underway at mid-day , with over 100 Swallows and 80 Goldfinches heading east low over the fields.   19 Corn Buntings , my first flock this autumn here, rounded off the morning nicely.

 

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