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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.

9th Oct



A calm and misty morning resulted in a small arrival of migrants in the bushes and a decent passage overhead. The best of the grounded migrants were a Woodlark, three Firecrests and a few Goldcrests, 40 Chiffchaffs, ten Song Thrushes and 16 Redwings whilst birds passing overhead included 300 Swallows, 800 House Martins, six Grey Wagtails, seven Bramblings, 105 Redpolls, a Crossbill, 275 Goldfinch, 93 Siskins and 14 Reed Buntings
The sea was very quiet except for a trickle of Brent Geese passing by and five Mediterranean Gulls.


One of the most surprising things of the day was the catching of a retrap Goldcrest. Nothing remarkable in itself except that this bird was actually ringed here as a migrant on 16th October 2015. It is extremely rare to retrap passage migrants in subsequent years. 
Goldcrest Regulus regulus   AVX597   Dungeness   9th October 2017