19th Nov

The best bird of the day was a Great White Egret which came in from the east this morning. Two Firecrests were also seen on otherwise quiet day but also with reduced coverage.

18th Nov

A very quiet morning on the land although two Common Redpolls flew over and a Bullfinch was seen in the trapping area.
The sea was also very quiet this morning but four Caspian Gulls were seen at the fishing boats in the afternoon.

Elsewhere, two Cattle Egrets were seen with the cattle at Dengemarsh.

17th Nov


The two Dartford Warblers were still showing around the Point and a Bullfinch was in the trapping area but there was very little else to be seen today. Birds passing overhead included four Skylarks, ten Fieldfares, a Rock Pipit, seven Bramblings, eight Redpolls and three Siskins.
The sea was very quiet except for good numbers of feeding Gannets.




Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata   Dungeness   17th November 2017
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus   Dungeness   17th November 2017
This was also hunting around the Point but seemed more interested in Starlings than Dartford Warblers.

There were only five moths in the trap but did they did include the pyralid Palpita vitrealis and a Common Darter dragonfly was still on the wing.

A Brown Hare was also seen.

Elsewhere, the Cattle Egret and 18 Great White Egrets came in to roost at the ARC Pit this evening.

16th Nov

Not a great deal in the way of migrants in the bushes with just ten Fieldfares, four Redwings, a Brambling and a few Redpolls and Siskins passing overhead. Two Merlins were also hunting in the area and five Ravens were also seen.
There was also very little movement offshore with just a Great Skua in the morning of note. In the afternoon there were plenty of birds feeding offshore including 200 Kittiwakes and seven Mediterranean Gulls.

The moth-trap produced an interesting diving beetle - Dytiscus semisulcatus. This is quite a rare beetle on the marsh although it is described as common nationally but perhaps preferring more acidic habitats.


Dytiscus semisulcatus   Dungeness   16th November 2017

15th Nov

A pretty quiet day with just six Bullfinches in the trapping area, 12 Siskins overhead and the two regular Dartford Warblers of note on the land.
Seawatching produced just a Great Skua and four Mediterranean Gulls of interest.

A Scarce Umber was caught overnight in the moth trap and is only the third Observatory record along with a Udea ferrugalis and a ridiculously late Dark Arches.
A Small Copper was also seen.
Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiarina   Dungeness   15th November 2017

14th Nov

Most of the days interest was offshore. Nearly five hours of watching (mostly from first light) produced 18 Shelduck, two Velvet Scoters, an Eider, six Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Great Skuas, three Sandwich Terns and seven Mediterranean Gulls while passerines coming in included two Skylarks, 3220 Starlings and 193 Chaffinches. A Bullfinch was seen in the trapping area and a Grey Wagtail also flew over.


Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca and Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
Dungeness   14th November 2017

A Grey Seal was also seen.

13th Nov

Another decent November day. There was a fair bit offshore (although mostly lingering) with 200 Gannets, three Sandwich Terns, 68 Mediterranean Gulls and 350 Kittiwakes but with a Velvet Scoter,  an Eider and two Great Skuas passing through. A Purple Sandpiper also flew west but this was presumably the bird found on the groyne at Dengemarsh Gully later in the day.
There were at least two Dartford Warblers in the broom and gorse around the Point along with five Stonechats, one of which looked odd but was presumably a spp rubicola. Other bits passing through included a Grey Plover, two Lapwings, 1500 Starlings, 28 Fieldfares, two Grey Wagtails and two Bramblings. A Woodcock was also flushed from the moat and two Buzzards were hunting at the north end of the Long Pits.

A Common Seal was also feeding offshore and two Red Admirals were seen despite the cold conditions. 



Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata   Dungeness   13th November 2017
This bird was even singing at times this afternoon





Stonechat Saxicola rubicola rubicola   first-winter male  Dungeness   13th November 2017
Another odd-looking Stonechat. At times the rump looked unstreaked but photos clearly show otherwise and therefore presumably eliminates Siberian Stonechat as does the pattern of the underwing coverts.