With the wind finally dropping during the day there was a bit more to be seen in the bushes but the sea passage almost came to a halt.
Two Yellow-browed Warblers were found, one in the trapping area and one in the Lighthouse Garden, and so may have been the same individuals as seen a few days ago. Clearly fresh in were 12 Ring Ouzels and numbers of Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs increased along with five Firecrests. Overhead, a Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 90 Siskins and 18 Reed Bunting were of note.
Around mid-morning a very large, sandy looking falcon flew across the Point with a Peregrine Falcon in hot pursuit. It was thought to be a Saker with the proviso that on the views a hybrid falconers bird could not be totally ruled out.
Five Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore and just one Arctic Skua was seen.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Elsewhere, the fields along the access track to the RSPB Reserve still hold the Cattle Egret and two Glossy Ibis and the goose flock contained a few White-fronted Geese. Up to 12 Great White Egrets can be seen in the general area with most of them at the western end of ARC. An Osprey and a female Hen Harrier have also be seen on the Reserve and a Garganey still lingers with the Coot on the first lake just south of Boulderwall. Two Little Stints have been showing all week on Burrowes 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.