It remains very quiet on both land and sea. The best of what little there was on the land included a Common Sandpiper, two Wheatears and ten Yellow Wagtails. Seawatching produced just 35 Teal passing west and a lingering Arctic Skua. The juvenile/first-winter Caspian Gull was still at the fishing along with three Yellow-legged Gulls.
At least 14 Porpoises and a Grey Seal where feeding close inshore.
A check for orthoptera just before midnight revealed the first adult female Sickle-bearing Bush Cricket of the season and lots of Tree Cricket activity. The line of sleepers was also checked and produced two individuals of the scarce beetle Helops caeruleus and ten Speckled Bush Crickets with a couple of females seen ovipositing.
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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.