Thick fog and calm seas resulted in almost no movement offshore and just a very small arrival of migrants on the land including a few Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Meadow Pipits and three Firecrests. A Little Grebe on the sea was an unusual sighting.
The Dungeness peninsula is also important for its lichen populations. These images show one of the more heavily laden Blackthorn bushes at the Long Pits.
Other birds seen around the peninsula during the week include one of the Long-eared Owls still in the bushes behind the Dipping Pond on the Reserve, Black-necked Grebes on New Diggings and at Scotney and two Slavonian Grebes also on New Diggings. A couple of Great White Egrets remain in the general 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.