Migrants were thinly scattered across the Point this morning and included a flock of five Ring Ouzels at the Long Pits and at least ten Blackcaps and 20 Wheatears.
Birds were moving upchannel throughout the day with 9.5hrs of watching producing notable records of two Garganey, 19 Velvet Scoters, six Black-throated Divers, 235 Bar-tailed Godwits, 36 Whimbrel, 12 Arctic Skuas, 34 Great Skuas, 15 Little Terns, a Black Tern, 53 Mediterranean Gulls and 55 Little Gulls, During the afternoon session an excellent total of 23 Pomarine Skuas also passed through.
The first-winter Iceland Gull and two Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the Patch.
At least eight Porpoises along with a Grey Seal and a Common Seal were feeding offshore.
Elsewhere, the Lesser Yellowlegs was seen again on the Reserve but flew off in the late morning. The drake Ring-necked Duck remains on site but seems to have moved and is now usually seen on Burrowes Pit.
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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.