With strong south to south-west winds this morning all the interest was offshore where an early morning watch produced two Balearic Shearwaters and two Pomarine Skuas passing west of note. Also seen during the day were nine Arctic Skuas, four Black Terns and 945 Sandwich Terns.
Very quiet on the land.
Six Porpoises were seen offshore.
Of great note from elsewhere was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper which showed well this afternoon on the islands viewable from Makepeace Hide on the RSPB Reserve.This is the tenth area record with the most recent records involving four individuals in 2010.
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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.