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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.

8th Apr

A dank, misty morning produced a pretty decent arrival of migrants in the bushes with seven Willow Warblers, 20 Chiffchaffs, 14 Blackcaps, at least two Ring Ouzels, 145 Fieldfares, 90 Redwings. 50 Song Thrushes, four Redstarts and 25 Wheatears of note.
More unusual species included three Egyptian Geese, a Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Swallows, a Mistle Thrush and a Tree Pipit but the highlight of the day appeared at around 1400hrs when a White Stork made a several circuits of the Point before disappearing north along the coast.

White Stork Ciconia ciconia   Dungeness   8th April 2019    (David Walker)
In addition we had a sound recorder out last night and among the numerous Redwing calls were several Coots, Fieldfares and Song Thrushes and what sounds to me like a Common Crane at 2218hrs. Presumably the bird from Dengemarsh doing a nocturnal fly-by. (Click here to listen.)

At least ten Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.

It was the first suitable night for running the moth trap for some time and the small catch included a Streamer and out first Ethmmia bipunctella of the year.