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New Year 2019

We wish all our Friends and visitors a Happy and bird filled New Year and hope to see you in 2019.

1st Jan

There were literally thousands of seabirds feeding offshore again this morning with at least 1600 Cormorants, 600 Gannets, 20,000 Guillemots and 2,000 Razorbills along with four Great Skuas. A few duck also passed through including five Shoveler and 29 Wigeon and gulls also increased with five Caspian Gulls of note.


Gannets Morus bassana    Dungeness   1st January 2019
Just a small part of the flock feeding close inshore this morning


Cormorants Phalacrocorx carbo   Dungeness   1st January 2019

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   cr P:842   Dungeness   1st January 2019
The same bird as yesterday

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter    cr P:E62   Dungeness   1st January 2019
A new bird

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   second-winter   Dungeness 1st January 2019 

Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus   JWM42    first-winter   Dungeness   1st January 2019
This bird was ringed at Anholt in Denmark on 23rd June 2018


A check of the Trapping Area and Desert produced 14 Snipe, five Firecrests and two Chiffchaffs of note.

A Porpoise was feeding offshore.

Running the moth trap proved well worth it with the catching of a Spring Usher - a new species for the Observatory.
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia   Dungenness    1st January 2019
An unexpected  new species for the Observatory.