After a damp and dreary start it eventually cleared a bit but as it did so the wind also increased. It was fairly quiet offshore during the morning but in the afternoon there were lots more birds offshore with large numbers of gulls, 50 Wigeon, around 2000 auks and a second-winter Mediterranean Gull whilst the regular first-winter Caspian Gull was seen at various times during the day.
A Grey Seal was seen offshore but unfortunately there are reports of a Porpoise being washed up in a fishing net at Lade and also "several" healthy-looking individuals being stranded and dying on the beach near the Lifeboat Station after the storms two nights ago.
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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.