The first cloudy morning for a few days encouraged a small arrival of migrants with 50 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, nine Blackcaps, five Whitethroats, and singles of Redstart and a briefly seen Ring Ouzel at the Long Pits. A Common (Mealy) Redpoll also made a brief appearance in the Moat this morning.
The first-winter Iceland Gull was feeding at the Patch again but seawatching was fairly quiet with over four hours of observations producing just four Shovelers, 136 Common Scoters, two Red-breasted Mergansers, five Whimbrel, an Arctic Skua, two Great Skuas, three Little Terns and 30 Common Terns of note.
A Red-eared Terrapin was seen at the Long Pits.
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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.