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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

Moth Licences for 'Friends'

Friends of Dungeness Moth Licences
With the changes in permission for moth trapping in the area around the Long Pits, Dungeness, we are very pleased to announce that we have 2 moth licences for use by 'Friends' of the Observatory. Please contact the Warden for more information.

17th Aug

The highlight of the day was an Osprey which few out to sea in the afternoon. Four Black Terns flew west during the morning seawatch and a flock of nine Whimbrel flew over the area..
There was a small arrival of migrants on the land with 25 Willow Warblers, three Garden Warblers, 20 Lesser Whitethroats, ten Wheatears and two Tree Pipits being the most significant.

Five Porpoises and a Common Seal were feeding offshore.

A Clouded Yellow was seen.

16th Aug

A check of the gulls feeding and roosting at the Patch this morning proved quite profitable with the finding of a juvenile Caspian Gull. A Black Tern was also present. In the afternoon there were four Arctic Skuas and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls loitering at the fishing boats. There was a steady westerly movement of terns with 498 Sandwich and 635 Commons during three hours of watching.

Generally very quiet on the land 

Two Porpoises and a Common Seal were feeding offshore.

15th Aug

There was a small arrival of migrants this morning, mostly centred around the moat, with 40 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher of note while two Tree Pipits and 15 Yellow Wagtails passed overhead.
Offshore, there was a big westerly movement of Sandwich Terns with over 1700 counted along with six Arctic Skuas. A Black Tern was feeding at the Patch and four Yellow-legged Gulls came to the bread offerings at the fishing boats.

A Grey Seal and two Porpoises were feeding offshore.

14th Aug

Not a great deal to report today. A few migrants, mainly around the Long Pits again, were present including 20 Willow Warblers and 11 Lesser Whitethroats. Fifteen Yellow Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail flew over. Three juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were seen at the fishing boats. 

Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.

A Clouded Yellow and a Holly Blue were of note among the butterflies and a V-Pug was the only notable moth trapped overnight.

A stunning Death's Head Hawkmoth was found at Lydd-on-Sea and was brought to the Observatory for public viewing.  
Death's Head Hawkmoth Acherontia atropos   Lydd-on-Sea   14th August 2018

13th Aug

Frequent heavy downpours throughout the day hampered observations but there was clearly very little to be seen in the bushes and several hours of seawatching produced just seven Manx Shearwaters of interest.

Single Common and Grey Seals were feeding offshore. 

The moth traps produced another decent record for the area with only our fifth-ever Barred Rivulet.
Barred Rivulet Perizoma bifaciata   Dungeness   13th August 2018

12th Aug

A breezy day which eventually produced a Balearic and two Manx Shearwaters, two Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua of note along with large numbers of Gannets and Sandwich Terns. A Yellow-legged Gull was also seen.
It was very quiet on the land.

Three Porpoises were feeding offshore. 

11th Aug

There was a large arrival of migrants this morning but unfortunately for ringing purposes it was almost all around the Long Pits. The highlights were a Grasshopper Warbler near the Pumphouse and a Spotted Flycatcher at the top end while numbers were provided by 100 Willow Warblers, six Sedge Warblers, 25 Reed Warblers, four Garden Warblers and 120 Whitethroats.
The sea was very quiet with just a lingering juvenile Yellow-legged Gull of note. 

10th Aug

A mainly wet and windy day and much cooler than of late. A handful of migrants in the bushes included 15 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler and a few Whitethroats and Reed Warblers.
At sea, Gannets, Sandwich and Common Terns trickled westwards through the day, as did four Black Terns, while an Arctic Skua flew east.

Four Porpoises were feeding offshore.

9th Aug

A dull, overcast morning which eventually produced some fairly heavy rain along with thunder and lightning. Another small arrival of migrants occurred with the best bird being a trapped Grasshopper Warbler.
Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia   Dungeness  9th August 2018
 Eight Porpoises were feeding offshore this morning.

8th Aug

A cooler, fresher day with a stiff breeze limited observations on the land while there was little sign of any real improvement offshore. The land had very little to offer and a Mediterranean Gull was feeding at the Patch. Large numbers of Gannets and Sandwich Terns were also lingering offshore.

Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and five Bank Voles were found under strategically placed corrugated iron sheets.

The overnight catch of moths was very low in numbers but did include a Dusky Hook-tip - our fifth record of another very scarce migrant.  

Further searches for Wasp Spiders has increased the total to nine individuals.

7th Aug

More of the same weather although by late afternoon there were signs of things breaking down with some thunderstorms arriving. Birds were also much the same with just a thin scatter of commoner migrants and the highlight of our second Nightingale of the month.


Nightingale Luscinia megarynchos   Dungeness   7th August 2018
Five Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The moth traps were also fairly quiet but did produce three Cydia amplana of note.

6th Aug

More of the same with the hot weather continuing and just a trickle of migrants including a Garden Warbler and five Sedge Warblers passing through.
Five Mediterranean Gulls were also seen during the day.

Three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

A Lesser Emperor dragonfly made a couple of brief visits to the southern Long Pit during the morning but on both occasions it was quickly chased off by one of the local Emperors. A Small Red-eyed Damselfly was also seen.

The moth traps were very quiet overnight but two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were still feeding in the Observatory garden during the day.

5th Aug

There was another small arrival of migrants on the land with the highlights of a Nightingale and four Garden Warblers trapped and an elusive Pied Flycatcher in the moat.
Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos   Dungeness   5th August 2018
Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

The moth catch was very much reduced last night but still produced a Gypsy Moth - only the second record for the Observatory. Two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were feeding in the Observatory garden again.
Gypsy Moth Lymantria dispar   Dungeness   5th August 2018

4th Aug

There was a decent little arrival of migrants with the bulk typically being Willow WarblersReed Warblers and Whitethroats but also including four Garden Warblers, a Redstart and two Pied Flycatchers.
Three Mediterranean Gulls were also seen.

Moth trapping continues to provide plenty of interest with last nights catch producing a superb Golden Twin-spot along with two Cydia amplana. Two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were feeding in the Observatory garden.
Golden Twin-spot Chrysodeixa chalcites   Dungeness   4th August 2018
The fourth Observatory record.
Six Wasp Spiders were found in the rough ground in front of the Observatory.

A nocturnal search for Orthoptera last night produced four Sickle-bearing Bush-crickets and hundreds of Tree Crickets which gave an excellent chorus (even audible from the Observatory). In addition, several Great Green Bush-crickets were also heard - a species which has been inexplicably scarce in the recording area given how common they are just outside it.
Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phaneroptera falcata   Dungeness   4th August 2018

Tree Cricket Oecanthus pellucens   Dungeness   4th August 2018

3rd Aug

Very little to report on the bird front with just a handful of Willow Warblers and Reed Warblers and a Garden Warbler in the bushes. One Mediterranean Gull was feeding offshore this evening.

The moth traps provided what was easily the highlight of the day with the catching of a Many-lined. This is the first area (and possibly Kent?) record of this very rare immigrant to Britain. The total catch was actually very low in number but did also include a specimen of the scarce migrant tortrix moth Cydia amplana. Four Hummingbird Hawk-moths were also feeding around the Observatory garden. A Clouded Yellow was seen in the moat.

Many-lined Costaconvexa polygrmmata   Dungeness   3rd August 2018

Cydia amplana   Dungeness   3rd August 2018
Seven Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Elsewhere, five Great White Egrets were seen  at Dengemarsh and three Black Terns were roosting in front of Firth Hide on the RSPB Reserve.

2nd Aug

Very quiet in the continuing hot, dry and clear conditions. A Garden Warbler was the best on offer on the land, a Redshank flew over and a single Mediterranean Gull was feeding at the Patch.

A Common Seal was feeding offshore.

The highlight of the overnight moth trapping was a Tree-lichen Beauty (which unfortunately avoided the pot and photo opportunity) whilst four Hummingbird Hawk-moths were feeding in the Observatory garden.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum   Dungeness   2nd August 2018

1st Aug

There was a small arrival of commoner migrants with at least 25 Willow Warblers, three Garden Warblers and a Sedge Warbler of interest.
Very quiet offshore with just one Mediterranean Gull reported.