Another day of miserable weather with strong and cold N by NNE winds and heavy cloud. The highlight of the day was the short visit in mid-afternoon by the adult Laughing Gull to the Patch before it was flushed by dogwalkers and it flew off in a westerly direction. Eight Mediterranean Gulls and a Little Tern were also of note at the Patch whilst seawatching revealed a strong westerly movement of Gannets but not much else.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Although the overnight weather conditions were poor the moth trap was still operated but only six moths were trapped including a single Diamond-backed Moth. However the walk between the two hides on the beach produced a count of another 400 and there must be thousands in the area as they are being reported in huge numbers across the country.
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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.