Here's a few pics from the day:
The Oare Bonaparte's Gull
Common Tern (black-billed). Presumably the bill of this bird is out of synch with the rest of the plumage, although it did appear to have a strong grey wash on the underparts too (below, right hand bird), similar to Eastern Common Tern (longipennis). The legs are red though so not Eastern. There are a couple of intermediate races but on balance probably just a bird with the bill going to winter colours before the plumage has moulted. Cheers Josh for a chat about this bird.
Curlews- approx 600 at Shellness in the usual roost. Always incredible to see. Also unbelievable that the French are to increase persecution of this species despite massive decline: ARTICLE HERE
Juvenile Garganey at Oare
Juvenile Mediterannean Gull at Oare- lots of Meds around at the moment
Adult Curlew Sand with Redshank and Dunlin at Oare
First-winter Wheatear at Shellness
and in the moth trap
Lunar Spotted Pinion at Beddington Farmlands (above and below). The first for me if I remember correctly (need to update the Beddington moth list) . Also finally got a result with a migrant moth but as usual it was a curve-ball. I was hanging out the obs window on Monday in the rain looking for some birding vis mig when a Hummingbird Hawk Moth came hovering up the side of the building. So I scored twice but not what I was expecting- a bit of vis mig and an unusual migrant moth, both seen by failing to find what I was looking for. Only the second one I've had Beddington.
Oak Processionary- loads of these in the trap at the moment
Military like configuration of hay bales on intensively farmed land. At least the Sixth Extinction is nice and tidy.