Light to fresh south-westerly winds and frequent drizzle and light rain produced an excellent easterly movement of seabirds. The highlights in terms of rarity value were a Great Northern Diver, seven Pomarine Skuas, 40 Black Terns and two also Great White Egrets which flew south and out to sea whilst significant numbers included three Black-throated Divers, 24 Arctic Skuas, nine Great Skuas, 74 Little Terns, 76 Arctic Terns and a massive 6560 Common/"commic" Terns. Other notable bits and pieces included a Velvet Scoter, three Manx Shearwaters, 40 Bar-tailed Godwits, six Whimbrels and two Little Gulls.
There was very little of interest on the land other than a handful of Willow Warblers and three Garden Warblers in the trapping area.
Only three Porpoises were seen.
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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.