Monday, 22 October 2018

A very Slow Day!

An unsurprisingly poor sea watch in a stiff NE wind.
07.15-08.45 from the sea watch hide with JTM & AJG who kindly collated the numbers:
Wigeon: 5W   2E
Common Scoter: 9E
Great-crested Grebe: 5E
Gannet: 126E
Arctic Skua: 2 around
Sandwich Tern: 28E  5W
Auk sp: 28E   5W
A walk around the trapping area, bottom Long Pit, The Desert and Lighthouse etc with JTM saw little of note.
At lunchtime c1,500 Mediterranean Gulls  & c200 Kittiwakes had gathered off shore from the power station.
The Geranium Bronze that Pete Burness caught in his Shadoxhurst Garden yesterday, that he kindly brought down to the DBO for us to see, before it was dealt with by the appropriate authorities. It is a South African species that has colonised the Balearic Islands and Southern Europe. It is considered to be a possible pest species, this one may have arrived on the recent southerly winds, or it may have come in on an imported plant or simply escaped from somewhere.

The highlight from the Plodland MV last night was my first Dotted Chestnut apparently only the 3rd Dungeness area record.
Palpita Vitrealis my 13th of the year
Clancy's Rustic 27th of the year

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