27th Sept

A cloudy and breezy morning produced decent numbers of birds offshore but they were mostly feeding rather than moving through. Of note was a Balearic Shearwater, eight Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua. It was quiet on the land with just a couple of Firecrests, 25 Chiffchaffs and three Lesser Whitethroats whilst birds passing overhead included 150 Swallows, two Grey Wagtails and 105 Meadow Pipits

Ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

26th Sept

A calm and cloudy, occasionally wet, morning brought a decent movement overhead but very few birds in the bushes.Of note were six Yellow Wagtails, nine Grey Wagtails, 420 Meadow Pipits and 65 Reed Bunting but the best the bushes could offer was just six Wheatears and 12 Chiffchaffs
One Arctic Skua on the sea was the only bird of note here.

A Glossy Ibis was found on the RSPB Reserve in mid-afternoon but was then not seen again until 1810hrs when it flew out of its ditch and circled around the rest of the Reserve. At least seven Great White Egrets and the Cattle Egret were still in the area.

25th Sept

Another windy day. There were plenty of birds feeding offshore including 100 Gannets and 200 Sandwich Terns and with a handful of skuas in attendance but there was little sign of any real movement. Five Yellow-legged Gulls came to the offerings at the fishing boats.
Very quiet on the land.

One Porpoise was seen offshore.

24th Sept

With a freshening southerly wind there was more activity offshore but just how much was actually passing through was questionable. Several hours of watching produced 16 Arctic and eight Great Skuas and a Manx Shearwater and around 300 Sandwich Terns feeding. A first-winter Caspian Gull came into the fishing boats in the evening. Swallows were moving south in good numbers.

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore and a weasel was seen on the land.

Moth trapping produced the first Delicate of the year and another Vestal.

23rd Sept

A bright, warm and sunny day saw another arrival of Chiffchaffs with about 100 in the area but not a great deal else other than a handful of Blackcaps and two Firecrests in the bushes, a trickle of hirundines, Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings overhead and another late juvenile Cuckoo. A party of three Buzzards also flew over.

Ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The moth traps were very quiet and butterfly numbers are beginning to fall away now but another Small Copper var radiata in the moat was a nice find by Paul Hogben.


Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas var radiata   Dungeness   23rd September 2016
Elsewhere, egrets continue to provide plenty of interest with the Cattle Egret still present and eight Great White Egrets in the area and all joining up with 24 Little Egrets in the evening roost at ARC. Two Little Stints were present on Burrowes.

22nd Sept

One of the features of this morning was a big movement of hirundines with at least 6000 House Martins and 1150 Swallows passing through. Other birds passing over included 12 Grey Wagtails, three Tree Pipits, 230 Meadow Pipits and eight Tree Sparrows. Grounded migrants were fairly scarce with a Firecrest of note along with 60 Chiffchaffs and 18 Blackcaps. Two Great White Egrets also flew over area, as did an Osprey which flew east and out to sea as from the ARC Pit as dusk approached.

Seawatching produced 188 Brent Geese, 24 Wigeon, a Pintail, the first Red-throated Diver of the autumn, eight Arctic Skuas, a Mediterranean Gull and 865 Sandwich Terns.

At least six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The moth traps were very quiet but visitors to the Observatory were still treated to a close-up view of this spectacular Clifden Nonpareil trapped by Gill Hollamby at St.Michaels, Tenterden.
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini   Tenterden

21st Sept

There was another decent arrival of Chiffchaffs today with 100 or so in the area along with a late juvenile Cuckoo, 18 Blackcaps and three Lesser Whitethroats, Despite plenty of searching the Rose-coloured Starling was not seen today.

Birds passing overhead included a couple of Buzzards, five Yellow Wagtails, two Grey Wagtails and 26 Reed Buntings

A couple of Arctic Skuas flew east and two Black Terns flew west offshore.