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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

17th Aug

A wet morning with a light southerly breeze produced an excellent seawatch with day totals of 106 Common Scoters, a Sooty Shearwater and a Shag, 80 Grey Plover, two Whimbrel, 237 Bar-tailed Godwits, 100 Turnstones, 80 Knot, 50 Sanderling, a Great Skua, 34 Little Terns, 29 Black Terns, 1015 Sandwich Terns, 750 Common Terns and 107 Kittiwakes. At least six Arctic Skuas appeared to be lingering offshore and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were feeding along the beach. 
Very quiet on the land but a Whinchat was seen by the New Lighthouse and nine Swifts and a Tree Pipit flew over.

Shag Phalarocrax aristotelis   Dungeness   17th August 2017
A surprisingly scarce bird at Dungeness
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola   Dungeness    17th August 2017

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica   Dungeness   17th August 2017




Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus   Dungeness    17th August 2017
At least 12 Porpoises and the regular bull Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A Scarce Bordered Straw was trapped overnight and six Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen during the day despite the mainly miserable weather.