The day started very slowly but after a couple of hours migrants suddenly started appearing all over the place. As would be expected the numbers were dominated by Willow Warblers with about 140 birds but some scarcer birds included a singing Wood Warbler at the Long Pits and at least one Grasshopper Warbler singing in the trapping area. Our first three Garden Warblers and four Whinchats of the year were also noteworthy along with nine Blackcaps, eight Redstarts, 45 Wheatears (many of them "greenlands") and 12 Chiffchaffs.
Seawatching was generally very quiet but a Black-throated Diver and three Great Skuas passed through and the first-winter Iceland Gull was feeding at the Patch again where a Little Egret was also seen.
A Grizzled Skipper, two Brown Hares and a Grey Seal were also seen.
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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.