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2016 Report

Our 2016 Report is now available from the Observatory for £8.00 plus P&P if needed. Please contact the Warden: dungenessobs@vfast.co.uk

26th March

A day of increasing SWxS winds and heavy cloud brought an excellent movement of birds at sea and an arrival of grounded migrants dominated by a record spring total of at least 101 Firecrests and 50 Chiffchaffs along with 25 Goldcrests, three Wheatears, three Black Redstarts, a Rock Pipit and a Brambling and the first Swallow of the year.







Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla   Dungeness   March 26th 2016 
The highlight of the seawatching was a first-winter Iceland Gull which was seen several times during the morning amongst the thousands of gull feeding along the tideline, Other notable birds included the first four Arctic Skuas and two Common Terns of the year whilst numbers were provided 680 Brent Geese and 450 Common Scoters whilst other interesting sightings included six Shovelers, three Eiders, a Velvet Scoter, a drake Goldeneye, 400 Gannets, a Little Gull, 12 Mediterranean Gulls, three Yellow-legged Gulls and 31 Sandwich Terns.

Also of interest was a leucistic Brent Goose which flew past the Point with a flock about 80 others at 1130hrs. This was almost certainly the same bird that  passed Selsey Bill.at 0902hrs this morning.

Three Porpoises were also seen.