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2016 Report

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3rd Oct

The main event on the land was a big movement of hirundines with very conservative estimates of 5000 House Martins and 2000 Swallows whilst a Merlin, a Wood Lark, three Yellow Wagtails, nine Grey Wagtails, 35 Siskins and 60 Reed Buntings also flew over.
Seawatching was also fairly slow but did produce the occasional unusual bird including two Velvet Scoters, a Black-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 10 Arctic Skuas,180 Kittiwakes, 12 Mediterranean Gulls and 400 Sandwich Terns.

At least three Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Several Ivy Bees Colletes hederae were seen at the Observatory and on Ivy at the Old Lighthouse Garden. This appears to be a new species for the recording area.



Ivy Bee Colletes hederae   Dungeness   3rd October 2018
Eight Cattle Egrets were seen on the RSPB Reserve again although they have moved around to Dengemarsh now.