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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.
With the wind freshening from the south from early morning most of the interest was offshore where four hours of watching produced two Great Skuas, 77 Kittiwakes, two Mediterranean Gulls, a Little Gull and nearly 1900 auks of which 1476 were identified as Razorbills all moving west. In addition 67 Brent Geese flew east.The first-winter Glaucous and Caspian Gulls were still present. A Woodcock was caught in the moat in the afternoon. A Grey Seal was also feeding offshore.
WoodcockScolopax rusticola Dungeness 21st January 2016
The Bird Observatories Council has just published its second annual newsletter with illustrated summaries of the 2015 season from all the British Bird Observatories. It is a great read and gives an insight into the rich variety of wildlife being seen and the varied work being carried out by all the different observatories across the country. It is freely available here