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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.

6th Sept

Despite what seemed like perfect conditions again there was just a thin scatter of grounded migrants across the Point. These included a Grasshopper Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher and two Whinchats of note along with ten Willow Warblers, four Sedge Warblers and five Lesser Whitethroats. Overhead, 600 Sand Martins, 260 Swallows, a few Yellow Wagtails and eight Grey Wagtails passed through.
Fourteen Arctic Skuas and eight Black Terns flew west this afternoon and a Little Tern, a juvenile Little Gull and a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull were feeding offshore.

At least ten Porpoises were feeding offshore.

Another male Southern Oak Bush Cricket was  found in the garden.

Moth trapping produced a new species for the Dungeness area in the form of the tiny Caloptilia alchimiella and brings the area Lepidoptera list to an impressive 1300 species. The moth trap was otherwise a bit disappointing with plenty of common moths but not a great deal in the way of typical migrants. A Gem was probably the best of the rest along with a Dusky Thorn, a Dog's Tooth and 17 Nomophila noctuella.

Caloptilia alchimiella   Dungeness   6th September 2016