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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.

8th Jan

A Great Skua was lingering offshore and a Velvet Scoter flew south. A couple of Caspian Gulls came to the offerings at the fishing boats. There was a report of a party of five Waxwings seen flying around the Old Lighthouse before heading north sometime around mid-day. A Chiffchaff was present at the Long Pits.
The Stejneger's Stonechat was still present and just about got onto to the day list for the Observatory area. 

A Common Seal and two Porpoises were feeding offshore. I am not sure if the 'sickly' Grey Seal was present but yesterday it was being fed Whiting by the fisherman like a circus act. It now looks as if it may not be ill at all but a rehabilitated animal.

The Ring-necked Duck was still showing on the RSPB Reserve but had moved to the ARC Pit and two Slavonian Grebes were on New Diggings. There are now two Long-eared Owls in the bushes behind the Dipping Pond near the RSPB Visitors Centre. A first-winter Caspian Gull came into roost on Burrowes.
Four Pink-footed Geese and three Tundra Bean Geese were among large numbers of geese at Scotney and the Black-necked Grebe was on the pit behind the Scotney Court Farm.