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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

13th Nov

A varied movement of birds overhead this morning with 71 Stock Doves, 43 Wood Pigeons, 34 Skylarks, 110 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, 60 Chaffinches, three Bramblings, six Redpolls, 140 Goldfinches and eight Siskins. Grounded migrants included a late Ring Ouzel at the north end of the Desert, seven Firecrests and 40 Goldcrests while a Snow Bunting spent a few minutes on the beach at the Point before flying off to the west.
The sea was fairly quiet but did produce a Great Skua, three Mediterranean Gulls and 40 Sandwich Terns. Two Yellow-legged Gulls were seen on the beach.

12th Nov

There was a decent passage of finches this morning with 870 Goldfinches, 120 Linnets and 27 Siskins but not much else overhead and just five Firecrests and 25 Goldcrests of note on the land.
Seawatching was reasonable for the first couple of hours with two Gadwall, 590 Gannets, a Great Skua, 126 auks and a surprisingly high count of 71 Sandwich Terns passing through.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore.

11th Nov

Another windy morning. A first-winter Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were seen at the fishing boats and a Velvet Scoter, 1400 Gannets and two Great Skuas passed through.
Very quiet on the land with just a Little Egret and a Firecrest at the Long Pits of note.

A Grey Seal was feeding offshore and five Bank Voles were found under the reptile tins placed out in the area.

Elsewhere, it was another excellent afternoon on the RSPB Reserve where at least 17 Caspian Gulls came in to roost and including a Czech Republic ringed adult. 

10th Nov

Another night of violent winds and heavy rain resulted in a decent movement of birds offshore this morning with 1720 Gannets, a Pintail, two Velvet Scoters, 70 Common Scoters, three Great Skuas, two Pomarine Skuas and 15 Sandwich Terns of note. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was seen at the fishing boats and later in the day a party of five Goosander flew west.
Not a great deal going on on the land this morning but a fine male Hen Harrier was hunting over the area and made at least one attempt to go out to sea before returning to the land.

A Common Seal was feeding offshore.

On the RSPB Reserve, at least five Cattle Egrets were feeding with the cattle in the fields alongside the entrance track and a check of the gull roost produced a minimum of 14 Caspian Gulls (seven 1stW, three 2ndW, a 3rdW and three adults) and six Yellow-legged Gulls.

9th Nov

An increasingly windy day which produced a Pomarine Skua and three Mediterranean Gulls among a handful of birds offshore.
There was a surprising arrival of  19 Firecrests and 110 Goldcrests along with 34 Redwings in the bushes while overhead passage was quite heavy with 17 Skylarks, 78 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail,  ten Bramblings, 27 Redpolls, 65 Siskins, 800 Goldfinches and 18 Crossbills of note.

A Common Seal and a Porpoise were feeding offshore.

8th Oct

Two first-winter Caspian Gulls including a Polish colour-ringed bird made visits to the fishing boats this morning and 350 Kittiwakes, three Mediterranean Gulls and 14 Sandwich Terns were also seen offshore.
Fairly quiet on the land with just four Chiffchaffs and four Firecrest in the bushes and a few finches passing overhead included 200 Goldfinches, 23 Siskins and 35 Redpolls.



Caspian Gull Larus cchinnans   Dungeness   8th November 2018
The Polish-ringed P:U65 bird 



Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   8th November 2018
The second, unringed bird
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A Porpoise and a Common Seal were feeding offshore.

A Sprawler moth came to the lit kitchen window last night - only the second Observatory and 11th Dungeness area record.
The Sprawler Asteroscopus sphinx   Dungeness   8th November 2018

7th Nov

A very windy day with frequent heavy rain during the morning and again in the evening. What little interest there was, was mainly birds offshore with two Great Skuas, a Pomarine Skua, 18 Mediterranean Gulls and 44 Sandwich Terns of note.
A Firecrest was seen in the trapping area.

A Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

6th Nov

There was a bit of an arrival 'crests this morning with seven Firecrests and 60 Goldcrests seen but not a great deal else in the way of grounded migrants. There were plenty of finches on the move with 13 Bramblings, 850 Goldfinches, 70 Siskins and 70 Redpolls among them and also the first two Bullfinches of the autumn and a Grey Wagtail.
Very quiet offshore with a lingering Great Skua and 400 Kittiwakes being the only birds of note.

5th Nov

A few late migrants in the bushes included a Woodcock, a Snipe, five Firecrests, 40 Goldcrests and eight Chiffchaffs. Birds passing overhead were mostly finches with 11 Crossbills, 450 Goldficnhes, 40 Redpolls and 110 Siskin of note and with other bits and pieces including a Swallow, 30 Skylarks and a Corn Bunting. Bird of the day was a Bittern which was flushed from the Pumphouse Reeds.  

4th Nov

With so much on offer elsewhere in the county coverage was a bit reduced today but those that were here found two Caspian Gulls at the fishing boats and a Ring Ouzel, three Firecrests and six Bramblings were seen in the trapping area.

The Lesser Yellowlegs was still feeding at the Midrips on the Lydd Ranges.

3rd Nov

Two Caspian Gulls (including a colour-ringed bird) were found at the fishing boats this afternoon along with eight Mediterranean Gulls.
Not a great deal was reported from the land but finches passing overhead included 15 Bramblings, 20 Redpolls and 30 Siskins. A Swallow was seen at the Long Pits and a Woodcock and two Firecrests were found in the trapping area.

Late in the day, a Lesser Yellowlegs was found at the Midrips.

2nd Nov

A bright and sunny but very frosty morning with a trickle of birds passing overhead and little in the way of grounded migrants. A Woodlark, 33 Skylarks, six Bramblings, nine Crossbills, 35 Redpolls and 30 Siskins overhead were noteworthy as was a Woodcock and a Ring Ouzel seen in the trapping area. A flock of 560 Kittiwakes feeding offshore was also of note.

One Porpoise was seen offshore.

1st Nov

A miserable morning with frequent heavy rain. Very little signs of any passage on the land except for a Hen Harrier and 620 Starlings coming in from the east. The sea was also very disappointing with just 21 Mediterranean Gulls and five Little Gulls passing through and 20 Sandwich Terns still lingering offshore.

One Porpoise was seen.