I didn't do much in the Observatory area today but at least one of the Iceland Gulls and a Mediterranean Gull were still at the Patch and a colour-ringed first-winter Caspian Gull was seen at the fishing boats in the afternoon. A Great Skua flew east in the morning and a Grey Wagtail was feeding at the sewage treatment unit inside the power station.
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Elsewhere around Dungeness the Ring-necked Duck was showing at Cooke's Pool on the RSPB Reserve and Slavonian Grebes were seen on New Diggings and at Lade. Scotney continues to be very productive with six Pink-footed and four Tundra Bean Geese, a Black-necked Grebe and also two Lapland Buntings showing along the track behind the farm. There was also an arrival of Goosanders with up to 11 being seen together on ARC and on other pits at various times during the day.
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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.