A calmer, but still cold day resulted in a reasonable increase in the number of birds on the land and a decent movement of birds offshore.
Grounded migrants included a Long-eared Owl in the trapping area, eight Firecrests, eight Chiffchaffs, 19 Redwings, 45 Blackbirds, four Woodcocks and five Snipe whilst 60 Chaffinches and a Brambling passed overhead.
Five and a half hours of seawatching through the day produced 1105 Brent Geese, 11 Shelducks, 14 Wigeon, five Shovelers, 190 Common Scoters, three Red-breasted Mergansers, 224 Red-throated Divers, four Grey Plovers, 41 Dunlins, three Mediterranean Gulls and six Sandwich Terns.
The number of Porpoises of feeding offshore appears to be increasing with at least six seen today and a Grey Seal was also seen.
Elsewhere around Dungeness, Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes continue to be seen on both New Diggings and at Scotney and Great White Egrets are scattered across the area with eight coming in to roost at ARC on 16th. A pair of Garganey were seen at Dengemarsh on 15th and a pair of Smew remain on Burrowes Pit.
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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.