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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.

5th Apr

With the wind changing to a north-westerly the offshore passage was virtually non-existent but a few birds continue to appear on the land.

The only birds of significance moving offshore were a Shag, three Little Gulls and three Mediterranean Gulls while the Glaucous Gull was seen at the Patch again along with a couple of Common Terns.

Grounded migrants included a Snipe, eight Firecrests, four Goldcrests, 25 Chiffchaffs and the first Whitethroat of the year. Birds moving overhead included a Rock Pipit, 120 Chaffinches, a Brambling and 12 Siskins.

At least  28 Porpoises were seen feeding offshore this morning.

A Brimstone butterfly was seen in the trapping area. This is a surprisingly scarce butterfly at Dungeness. The first Comma of the year was also seen.

Of great interest from elsewhere in the local area was a Hoopoe found on the track to the west of the drying barns at Midley.


Hoopoe Upupa epops   Midley Cottage   5th April 2018