A few birds moved east offshore including five Canada Geese, two Shelducks, three Eiders, three Velvet Scoters and a few Brent Geese and Red-throated Divers and three Mediterranean Gulls flew west. Two Firecrests were seen in the bushes, two Black Redstarts were seen around the power station and a Grey Wagtail flew over. A Jack Snipe and four Common Snipe were flushed from the damp areas east of the Long Pits.
I have just received details of an interesting Chiffchaff recovery. It was ringed at Dungeness on 18th October 2015 and flew into a house and then released at Sete, Beja, Portugal on 14th January 2016. A distance of 1637km SSW.
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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.