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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

3rd May

The highlight on the land was a big arrival of "Greenland" Wheatears with at least 120 birds in the area. Other migrants were generally scarce but they did include a Woodlark, seven Yellow Wagtails, a Redstart and a "continental" Coal Tit. Overhead, a Great White Egret along with 120 Swallows and seven Yellow Wagtails passed through.
After yesterdays riches the seawatching was pretty slow all day but prolonged watching eventually produced two Black-throated Diver, a very unseasonal Sooty Shearwater, two Manx Shearwaters, five each of Pomarine and Arctic Skuas and 65 Arctic Terns.

About 30 Porpoises were feeding offshore.

At least one Grizzled Skipper was seen in the trapping area and the first of the spring as was a Blue-tailed Damselfly. Several Brassica Bugs were found on the Hoary Cress in the moat.