The morning seawatch produced a Velvet Scoter, two Great Northern Divers, four Little Gulls, 67 Kittiwakes, 377 Guillemots and 146 Razorbills of note in 3.5hrs.
The first-winter Caspian Gull was still present.
There is plenty of interest around the pits with the Reserve holding a few Smew including a drake, a mobile Slavonian Grebe, up to three Shags on Burrowes Pit, the Long-eared Owl still showing well behind the dipping pond and up to two Penduline Tits seen from the viewing ramp at Hookers on two days during the week. The very large goose flock at Scotney includes a Tundra Bean Goose and up to 25 White-fronted Geese and a Black-necked Grebe can be seen at the northern end of the pit. A minimum of five Great White Egrets are present across the area.
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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.