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4:21PM

Pannel Valley

We were greeted at dawn by a young male Ring Ouzel and a few newly arrived Song Thrush. There were still a few Blackcap and Chiffchaff in the bushes and also a late Reed Warbler in the reedbed.

The lakes held c150 Gadwall with smaller numbers of most of the common duck. Two Kingfisher flew by and a Water Rail could be heard deep in the reeds.

There was a light passage of Siskin and Redpoll, all heading to the east. The highight was mid morning when a party of nine Hawfinch passed over our heads in a south westerly direction.

5:35AM

East Guldeford Levels

Yesterday morning being quiet on the Clifftop, apart from another Vestal, I went for a walk round EGL. A gloomy morning, but lots of birds around. Two flyover Greenshanks were a site first for me, the wires beyond Moneypenny pond held 38 Corn Buntings and there were 80 Stock Doves in the stubble there. Raptors were good with the usual 2 Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers and a Peregrine. Highlight however was at the furthest point , about a mile from Moneypenny-two adult Whooper Swans in a rape field with a few Mutes. Although I see these most years in Kent on Walland Marsh, this is a scarce bird in Sussex and this was a county first for me. Six Tree Sparrows were at Moneypenny when I returned.

9:31AM

Rye Harbour Moths (and a spider)

Another brilliant morning today, with 16 species of moth in the trap (as good as I ever get at this time of year). The highlights were two vestal (below), another migrant and also another species I have not seen for a few years and a gem, while a cypress carpet was hanging around on the ouside of the building. There was also a single sallow hiding behind one of the garden chairs, the first one for the year

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9:31AM

Rye Harbour Moths

With the unseasonally warm weather we're having I'm getting a bit more than I'd normally expect at this time of year. The trap is still catching a few migrants, with delicate, dark sword-grass and gem in the last few days, while typically autumn fare includes feathered brindle (bit of a shingle speciality this one), red-line quaker, large wainscot, beaded chestnut, black rustic and feathered thorn (below, the first one since 2008!). The commonest species at the moment is the micro narrow-winged grey (see here), which at the moment is turning up in greater numbers than all the other species combined!

8:56AM

From the Clifftop

The National moth nights having finished, yesterday was a much better morning, with 15 species including The Vestal and The Delicate-both migrants- and  Grey shoulder-knot and Green Brindled Crescent . But just 6 moths of 3 species this chillier morning.

Autumn migration watching continues to be largely a matter of counting Goldfinches, hundreds passing daily, with Linnets and small numbers of Siskins and Redpolls. Yesterday there were still 130 Gannets fishing close inshore, with them an Arctic Skua and an adult Mediterranean Gull.  Early  this morning a flock of 8 Goldcrests came in off the sea and flew through our garden to the favoured pine tree next door-presumably this is happening unobserved all along the coast.