1st May

After a quiet early morning things began to move through offshore in decent numbers from mid-morning with final totals of six Red-breasted Mergansers, one Manx Shearwater, four Grey Plovers, 432 Bar-tailed Godwits, ten Whimbrels, two Pomarine Skuas, nine Arctic Skuas, 12 Great Skuas, seven Little Terns, two Black Terns and 2400 Common Terns.
Grounded migrants included 12 Blackcaps whilst eight Yellow Wagtails and 16 Goldfinches flew over. . 

At least five Porpoises were feeding offshore.

A Grizzled Skipper was found in the Desert and a few Small Coppers were also seen.

30th April

A Black-throated Diver, five Whimbrels, ten Great Skuas, five Little Terns, 1035 Common Terns and 36 Arctic Terns passed east on the sea in over four hours of watching.
Five Buzzards, 13 Swifts, 50 Swallows, 18 Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit and seven Siskins passed overhead whilst grounded migrants included a Garden Warbler and two Ring Ouzels. A Ring-necked Parakeet was also seen.

At least 14 Porpoises were feeding offshore and three Brown Hares and two Stoats were seen on the land.

29th April

A pretty quiet day with just a trickle of birds offshore and not a great deal on the land. Two Hobbies came in off the sea in the morning and three Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua flew east this afternoon. A few Swifts and hirundines passed through and a Ring Ouzel was the best of the birds on the land. 

During the week there was not a great deal happening around the rest of the peninsula. There were some decent numbers of Swallows and a few Swifts over the pits when the weather was poor and Black-necked Grebes continue to be seen on New Diggings and the Tundra Bean Goose was still being seen around the Dengemarsh area.

A couple of Porpoises were feeding offshore.

28th April

A calm and cold morning brought another small arrival of migrants on the land with the obvious highlight for one observer of an adult Purple Heron in the Long Pits reed-bed. A Hobby, a Buzzard, 17 Willow Warblers, 13 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, two Redstarts seven Yellow Wagtails and a Redpoll were also of note. 

The morning seawatch was extremely quiet but three Arctic Skuas were seen this afternoon as the wind began to increase again.

A Brown Hare and two Porpoises were seen and a Speckled Wood butterfly was the first of the year.

Another of the Dungeness plant specialties is Shepherd's Cress which is now showing at its best in large spreads across the open shingle. The regular colony of Early Purple Orchids near the Observatory is also coming to its best.


Shepherd's Cress Teesdalia nudicaulus   Dungeness   28th April 2016


Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula   Dungeness   28th April 2016








27th April

Still quite wintry but with less wind today there was a very small arrival of migrants on the land. A Common Sandpiper at the Long Pits and three Swifts and a Tree Pipit overhead were all new species for the year whilst single Redstart and Whinchat, two Ring Ouzels and 15 Yellow Wagtails were of interest.
The sea was very quiet with just two Arctic Skuas of note.

A Stoat was seen transporting its young from one burrow to another, presumably after being disturbed from its original burrow site. Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.

A Green-veined White butterfly was the first of the year.

26th April

The cold north by west wind continues and even brought snow and hail with it today. Offshore, ten Whimbrel and a couple of Great Skuas flew through and what was presumably the local Tundra Bean Goose flew around again. Very quiet on the land with just a handful of Chiffchaffs and a Ring Ouzel in the bushes and a couple of Yellow Wagtails overhead.

At least seven Porpoises were feeding offshore.

25th April

The cold weather continues and is actually looking set for a good few days yet. There was a very small arrival of migrants on the land with two Snipe, ten Chiffchaffs, nine Willow Warblers and eight Blackcaps whilst a fly-through Hobby was new for the year. 

There were at least three fledged Ravens at the Power Station. 

A total of eight hours of seawatching produced just 285 Brent Geese, a Great Northern Diver, a Manx Shearwater, eight Great Skuas, a Little Gull and three Mediterranean Gulls of interest.

The sea also produced the mammalian highlight of the day with a party of three White-beaked Dolphins showing near the Bouy for a short time during the morning.  Five Porpoises were also seen.