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8:47AM

From the Clifftop

Tthe moth trap continues to pull in lots of common brown moths, notably Large Yellow Underwings, with a record count for the garden yesterday of 130, when I caught the first Red-line Quaker of the autumn.

Fewer moths this morning, and, as yesterday, not much bird migration; 17 Reed Buntings west was the best.

Alerted by the raucous calls of Gannets, I scanned the sea close to the clifftop and saw at least 120 actively fishing, and some dark shapes breaking the surface. I sssumed these would be Porpoises, but it was quickly apparent from their much larger size and swept back dorsal fins that they were in fact Dolphins, at least 7 of them charging westwards-I imagine pursuing Mackerel. These are the first Dolphins I've seen in Sussex, I can't say what they were, but White-beaked is a possibility. The Gannets remained for some time, attracting a Great Skua, so a pretty good morning on the clifftop..

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