Nearly four hours of seawatching during the day produced large numbers of Gannets and Guillemots, a Great Skua, a Mediterranean Gull and a few Razorbills.
Three first-winter Caspian Gulls were feeding at the fish scraps offered at the Fish Hut.
The huge surprise today though relates to the "grey" Stonechat which resided at Kerton Road (just north of the Observatory recording area) between 8th November and 5th December. DNA analysis of its faeces apparently confirms that it was a Stejneger's Stonechat. It would appear that the field guides need a complete rewrite!!
Some images of the bird taken on 10th and 16th November 2016 are shown below but please don't ask me to explain or justify the identification as I am completely baffled by it.
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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.