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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.

30th Sept

The main feature of the day was another movement of hirundines with 3000 Swallows of note whilst other birds passing over included a Hobby, a Rock Pipit, two Yellow Wagtails, six Grey Wagtails, two Siskins and 25 Reed Buntings. A party of 11 Spoonbills were seen in the distance as they flew west.
Over two hours of seawatching produced eight Arctic Skuas west (with two loitering), a Mediterranean Gull and 374 Sandwich Terns of interest.

Five Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore. An evening session with members of the Kent Bat Group produced an outstanding total of 32 Nathusius's Pipistrelles caught by the I left at 2330hrs. Surprisingly no other species were heard or trapped.

A Clouded Yellow was seen in the Desert and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth and a Pearly Underwing were caught in the moth trap.

Elsewhere, the most unlikely bird of the day was a Manx Shearwater found on the  ARC Pit. Glossy Ibis increased to two on the RSPB Reserve where the Cattle Egret was seen again and several Great White Egrets were still present. 

Bat update: by the end of the night an incredible total of 53 Nathusius's Pipistrelles had been trapped and ringed.