Very quiet on the land with barely a migrant to be seen although a Kingfisher flew around the trapping area and just two Grey Wagtails and a Tree Pipit of any interest.
The sea was also very quiet in the morning but as the wind and rain increased this afternoon there was a distinct increase in offshore passage with 12 Arctic Skuas, three Black Terns, 842 Sandwich Terns and 336 Common Terns.
Three Porpoises were feeding offshore again.
Two Sickle-bearing Bush Crickets were found this evening despite the less than ideal weather conditions. Plenty of Tree Crickets were also still present.
Elsewhere, a Cattle Egret appeared on the RSPB Reserve and went on to roost at ARC but of more interest was a Red-necked Phalaarope which was also found on the water at the southern end of the ARC Pit.
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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.