Several spells of seawatching during the day totalling 4.5hrs produced 526 Gannets, nine Fulmars, an Arctic Skua, 23 Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull, 115 Common Terns and three Black Terns heading west and a Great Skua moving east. The bird of the day though was a Storm Petrel which flew slowly west off the fishing boats this evening.
There were signs of autumn migration on the land as well with 17 Sand Martins flying south.
A Little Egret also flew over the Point.
Eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
The first Common Darter of the year was seen at the Long Pits where one of the Red-eared Terrapins was also sunning itself.
Elsewhere, the Cattle Egret was still feeding around the cows in Hayfield 3 on the RSPB Reserve.
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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.