It was still very windy and all the days interest was offshore again. It was actually fairly slow going with many of the birds quite distant but by the end of over seven hours of watching some reasonable totals were amassed. The highlights were 20 Balearic Shearwaters, three Manx Shearwaters, a "Blue" Fulmar, a flock of eight Black-tailed Godwits, seven Arctics and one Great Skua, 16 Black Terns, three Little Terns, 500 Sandwich Terns and 540 Common Terns. However, the most surprising bird was an Osprey which headed south off the fishing boats at 1620hrs. Three Yellow-legged Gulls were also feeding at the fishing boats.
Rough conditions made accurate counts of the Porpoises very difficult but at least half a dozen were present.
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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.