Small numbers of migrants were found on the land today with six Firecrests, 27 Goldcrests, six Black Redstarts and a Ring Ouzel of note. Overhead passage picked up slightly with a steady trickle of birds throughout the morning and including 58 Skylarks, a couple of Swallows, 1700 Starlings, two Grey Wagtails, three Rock Pipits, 90 Chaffinches, eight Bramblings, 500 Goldfinches, 32 Siskins, 60 Redpolls, 13 Reed Buntings and (sadly) perhaps the bird of the day in the form of a Yellowhammer.
In addition, a party of three "Bean" Geese first seen on the RSPB Reserve departed there and flew out east over the observatory recording area.
A Scarce Bordered Straw was the first reasonable migrant moth to be caught for some time.
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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.