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16th Sep

A bright and sunny morning saw a small arrival of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers but most of the interest was overhead with the first big movement of hirundines for some time and later in the morning some excellent raptor activity. Very conservative estimates of numbers were 2000 each of Swallow and House Martins with a few Sand Martins also still moving through. The highlights of the raptor movement was a Honey Buzzard and 17 Buzzards whilst the "local" Osprey made several visits into the Observatory recording area. Four Grey Wagtail also flew over and perhaps most surprising was a flock of ten Ravens which may well be a record Dungeness count.

Whilst movement offshore appeared to have virtually ceased there was still plenty of activity with at least six Arctic Skuas marauding up and down the beach, good numbers of Sandwich Terns still feeding, the Eider floating around and a brief appearance of a first-year Caspian Gull at the fishing boats.


Eider Somateria mollissima   Dungeness   16th September 2017

Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasticus   Dungeness   16th September 2017

Six Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.


Two Clouded Yellows and two Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen around the Observatory and a Pearly Underwing was the only moth of any note trapped overnight.