The day started with decent weather but heavy rain set in from mid-morning and when this cleared through it turned very foggy so observations were fairly limited. A brief check of the sea this afternoon revealed two Arctic Skuas and two Mediterranean Gulls but very little else was seen during the day.
The warm and calm conditions overnight produced the best moth catch of the year so far with notable records including two Seraphims, a totally melanic Peppered Moth, three Shoulder-striped Wainscots and the fifth Observatory record of Obscure Wainscot. Over 500 Diamond-back Moths were also trapped.
Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.
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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.