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Ongoing Excavation Works.

Please be aware that there are extensive ongoing excavation works around the Observatory until after Christmas. Please be very careful driving over the moat and note that parking may be difficult. We are, however, open for business and welcome anyone interested in winter birding around Dungeness.

19th Sept

An excellent day with a decent fall of migrants and a few birds passing overhead and the highlight in the form of a first-winter Rose-coloured Starling which was found around mid-day near Lloyds Cottage. It remained in the same area for much of the day but eventually flew off strongly at 1815hrs in the company of a few Starlings. Grounded migrants were dominated by Chiffchaffs with a bare minimum of 300 birds along with just two Willow Warblers, a Redstart, three Spotted Flycatchers whilst overhead passage included 200 House Martins, seven Grey Wagtails, nine Tree Pipits and 200 Meadow Pipits.
The occasional report from the sea was that it was very quiet.

Moth-trapping produced two Vestals, an L-album Wainscot and 117 Rush Veneer.

Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus    Dungeness   19th September 2016
This is the third Observatory record of this eastern Starling.