Another thoroughly miserable day weather-wise with constant drizzle for the whole day. On the bird front however there was plenty to see with the first-winter Glaucous Gull still around the fishing boats and being joined by a third-cy Yellow-legged Gull but no sign of the first-winter Caspian Gull today.
On the sea a huge number of Great Crested Grebe which eventually totalled 851 (Well done Martin for doing the count!). Also a decent total of nearly 400 Red-throated Diver past in a westerly direction. Of note there were very small numbers of Guillemot left feeding offshore and very few going past which is in stark contrast to the past few days.
Away from the Point the RSPB Reserve held up to 6 redhead Smew, 1 Slavonian Grebe and the 2 Long-eared Owls were still roosting by the Dipping Pond.
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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.