I spent another excellent day at Dungeness plodding between the Lighthouse and the Pumping Station at the Long Pits. I parked at the observatory and wandered towards the bushes. Immediately 4 Ring Ouzels flew over, I hadn't gone far when I met DW carrying bird bags one of which contained a Yellow-browed Warbler.
Another wander out among the bushes with AJG found more Ring Ouzels (43 my day total) and more Thrushes arriving, c30 Song Thrushes, 6 Redwing, 24 Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, Brambling, 100+ Siskin, 300+ Goldfinches, lesser numbers of Redpoll, Linnet and Chaffinch. Goldcrests are seemingly abundant this year. Other sightings of note there this morning were 2 Marsh Harriers, 131 Swallows, 27 House Martins and 3 Black Redstarts.
Pallas's Warbler (in the hand pics don't do it justice)
This afternoon a Pallas's Warbler made its way into one of the nets and was duly processed and admired by most of the locals. Also a Short-eared Owl was seen briefly being hotly pursued and harried across The Desert by several Magpies.
Firecrest another Gem!
The Yellow-browed Warbler and the Pallas's Warbler were both released into The Moat neither were seen again. However there were 2 fairly showy Firecrests one of which was ringed, lots of Goldcrests, some Chiffchaffs mostly ringed, an unringed Common Whitethroat and another Ring Ouzel.
Goldcrest (abundant this autumn)
Flighty Ring Ouzels
Short-eared Owl being pestered by Magpie's
Poor shot of a Brambling but the first this year for me (No.210) on the local patch.