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

8th May

Another very quiet day on the land and fewer birds at sea although visibility was very poor at times.

About the only migrants on the land were four Willow Warblers and a Yellow Wagtail. The Pheasant was also heard again.

Seven hours of seawatching during the day produced two Garganey, two Black-throated Divers, six Grey Plover, 34 Sanderling, 26 Whimbrel, 13 Arctic Skuas, five Pomarine Skuas and 45 Little Terns of note.  A first-summer Glaucous Gull was also feeding around the Point. The most remarkable sightings of the day though were two flocks of Black-tailed Godwits totaling 170 birds which flew west this morning.

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus   Dungeness    8th May 2018
At least 25 Porpoises were feeding offshore but one was killed and eaten by a Grey Seal. A second Grey Seal was also present.