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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

10th May

A damp, dreary morning failed to produce much in the way of grounded migrants but as the weather cleared there was a decent movement of birds offshore.
Seawatching for 8.5 hours produced a drake Garganey, four Red-breasted Mergansers, 50 Grey Plovers, 144 Sanderlings, three Whimbrel, a Redshank, a Pomarine Skua, four Arctic Skuas, seven Mediterranean Gulls, 40 Little Terns, 34 Black Terns and an excellent 4400 Common Terns whilst the scarcest birds of the day were a party of three Spoonbills which flew west.

Six Porpoises were seen offshore and two Brown Hares were seen at the north end of the Desert.

Seven Grizzled Skippers, a Holly Blue and three Red Admirals were the best of the butterflies.

Moth trapping produced three Silver Y's and an uncommon micro for us, the Yarrow feeding Dichrorampha acuminitana.
Dichrorampha acuminitana    Dungeness   10th May 2016