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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.

26th Oct

A very light westerly breeze with the odd fine drizzle shower late morning.
The nets were quite busy today with 118 birds caught of 15 species including; 43 Goldcrest, 41 Lesser Redpoll including a controlled bird, nine Chiffchaff, four female Bullfinch, Firecrest and a Whitethroat
Seabirds were still moving despite the light winds; 345 Brent Geese, three Eider, 1105 Gannet, two Manx Shearwater, 34 Mediterranean Gull, 426 Kittiwake, five Great and four Arctic Skua.
On/over land highlights included; Great Northern Diver which flew between the lighthouses! 104 Woodpigeon, a late adult Hobby, Firecrest, two Woodlark south, 30 Chiffchaff, a late Whitethroat, two Dartford Warbler, 17400 Starling, three Ring Ouzel, six Fieldfare, nine Redwing, two Black Redstart, 215 Chaffinch, five Bullfinch, 138 Lesser Redpoll, 192 Goldfinch, 110 Siskin and a Yellowhammer

The Moth Trap produced some nice migrants including a Red-headed Chestnut which is the first for the Obs and 6th area record, a Cosmopolitan which is far from annual plus Dark Swordgrass, two Vestal and three Udea ferrugalis. Nearby at Greatstone on Sea a Spoladea recurvalis was caught which is only the 4th area record of this smart micro moth. 

On the RSPB Reserve 3 Mandarin, Cattle Egret, Yellow-browed and Dartford Warbler were seen.
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula   Dungeness   26th October 2017 (Martin Casemore)

Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata   Dungeness   26th October (Martin Casemore)
Red-headed Chestnut Conistra erythrocephala   Dungeness 25th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)
Cosmopolitan Leucania loreyi   Dungeness   25th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)
Spoladea recurvalis    Greatstone on Sea   25th October 2017 (Lee Gregory)