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Ongoing Excavation Works.

Please be aware that there are extensive ongoing excavation works around the Observatory until after Christmas. Please be very careful driving over the moat and note that parking may be difficult. We are, however, open for business and welcome anyone interested in winter birding around Dungeness.

24th Feb

A lovely, sunny day with a light breeze produced a few early migrants on the land including five Firecrests, a Chiffchaff, 60 Chaffinches, three Siskins and 20 Reed Buntings.
The sea was fairly quiet but 118 Red-throated Divers and nine Sandwich Terns were noteworthy. 

At least five Porpoises were feeding offshore. 

Three Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were seen.

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae   Dungeness   24th February 2019
A second Dotted Border moth was found in the moth trap this morning and a very early Hummingbird Hawkmoth spent a few minutes feeding at the Winter Honeysuckle in the Observatory garden.

A specimen of the Iris Iris reticularis var Katharine Hodgkin was found growing in the rough ground in front of the Observatory and whilst clearly a garden discard possibly qualifies as a new species for the recording area.
Iris reticularis   Dungeness   24th February 2019