Dungeness Bird Observatory

6th October 2008, Monday

The highlight of the day was a very tame Lapland Bunting which spent the morning on the beach between the fishing boats and the New Lighthouse. Finches were passing through in large numbers with 330 Siskins, 570 Goldfinches and 80 Redpolls and a single Brambling. A Marsh Harrier, five Rock Pipits and two Grey Wagtails and 31 Reed Buntings were also of note. The bushes were fairly quiet but two Coal Tits were noteworthy along with nine Redwings, three Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs and 20 Goldcrests. A few birds were also feeding offshore including 12 Arctic Skuas, two Mediterranean Gulls, seven Little Gulls, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and three first-winter Arctic Terns whilst a small southerly movement of wildfowl included 131 Brent Geese, nine Wigeon, 99 Common Scoters, two Red-breasted Mergansers and also six Great Skuas.  From DBO website