Highlights from the morning seawatching at the fishing boats were 383 Common Scoter and two Velvet Scoter west. Otherwise two Great Skua, six Wigeon and a single Grey Plover west added to the variety. There was also a 1st winter Caspian Gull amongst the usual gulls.
The afternoon seawatching produced three Great Northern Diver west as well as two Red-throated Diver.
Meanwhile on the RSPB Reserve the drake Ring-necked Duck and the Cattle Egret were still along the access track with at least one Great White Egret still around. At least three Caspian Gulls (1x 2nd winter/2x 1st winter) were viewable from the Firth Hide. The Long-eared Owl was also noted roosting behind the dipping pond too.
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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.