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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

18th Oct

One of the main events of the day was a massive southerly movement of Chaffinches with around 3000 birds south in a couple of hours from mid-morning. There was a fair amount of other birds moving overhead including three Black-tailed Godwits, three Snipe, 100 Swallows, three Grey Wagtails, 123 Meadow Pipits, two Rock Pipits, 26 Bramblings, 28 Redpolls, 1900 Goldfinches and 34 Siskins. Grounded migrants remain fairly scarce but did include 11 Firecrests,  three "Continental" Coal Tits, 15 Song Thrushes, a late Willow Warbler. Two Dartford Warblers were also seen again.
The sea was fairly quiet but good numbers of Mediterranean Gulls were noteworthy with 39 east and 14 birds loafing offshore. A first-winter Yellow-legged Gull was also seen.


"Continental" Coal Tit Periparus ater ater   Dungeness  18th October 2017
Five Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore.

Moth trapping produced a single Delicate of note.