More of the same on the peninsula today with seawatching providing the most interest. Three Sooty Shearwater this morning and one in the afternoon session all heading west were the obvious highlight. Three species of skua were also seen this afternoon with two each of Pomarine and Great as well as a single Arctic Skua.
Mediterranean Gulls were again obvious with eight in the morning and 56 seen in the afternoon all from the fishing boats. In total over 1000 Kittiwake passed west and a Yellow-legged Gull was seen in the usual gull roost. The Patch was awash with gulls in the morning with a further 36 Mediterranean Gull and two Caspian Gull the highlights. The 3,500+ Black-headed Gull present gave it a very wintery feel on the rough seas.
On the RSPB Reserve the drake Ring-necked Duck was still along the entrance track as was the Cattle Egret and a single Great White Egret. An adult Caspian Gull was on Burrowes with two adult Yellow-legged Gulls and two Goosander (1 drake). Finally the Long-eared Owl was again roosting behind the dipping pond despite the driving rain.
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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.