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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

30th Oct

A frosty start due to clear skies overnight and northerly breeze, out of the breeze it was a pleasant day.
Just three birds caught in the trapping area with Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff and Blackbird and a further eight in the Heligoland Trap plus Goldfinch and two Redwing.
Counts from the sea; 194 Brent Geese including a Pale-bellied this afternoon, 21 Shelduck, 56 Common Scoter, Eider, Goldeneye, two Red-throated Diver, 343 Cormorant flew into Lade Bay this morning, Great Skua, 45 Kittiwake, six Mediterranean Gull, two Guillemot, 84 Auk sp plus small numbers of passerines in off.
Three Dartford Warblers were the highlight out of the slim pickings in the bushes.

Offshore two Harbour Porpoise and a Grey Seal were observed but the Moth Trap was virtually empty.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose Brana bernica hrota   Dungeness   30th October 2017 (Martin Casemore)