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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 Sep

The month ended with another excellent early morning passage of birds overhead. Thousands of Swallows and House Martins dominated proceedings in terms of numbers but other notable bits and pieces included the first Wood Lark of the autumn, 33 Tree Sparrows, two Yellow Wagtails, nine Grey Wagtails, eight Redpolls, 15 Siskins and 50 Reed Buntings. Grounded migrants were relatively scarce but six Firecrests, 40 Chiffchaffs and three Blackcaps.

The sea was very quiet with just the semi-resident Arctic Skuas offshore. A first-summer Caspian Gull and a first-summer Mediterranean Gull came to the offerings at the fishing boats in the afternoon.

A Brown Hare was seen.

A Plumed Fanfoot and five Delicates were the highlights of the nights moth trapping.
Plumed Fanfoot Pechipogo plumigeralis   Dungeness   30th September 2017