Thick fog during the morning and again for a time in the afternoon limited observations at times. Even so it was obvious that migrants were going to be thin on the ground and all that could be found were a Willow Warbler, two Blackcaps and two Bullfinches of note. A Sand Martin and two Siskins passed overhead and there was a huge increase in Carrion Crow numbers with at least 150 birds in the area. There was very little movement offshore with a Black-throated Diver west and an Eider and five Mediterranean Gulls east in an hour during the morning. At least one of the Iceland Gulls was still feeding at the Patch where the first Common Tern of the year was also feeding.
A Red-eared Terrapin was seen at the Long Pits.
A brief spell of sunny conditions brought a nice showing of flowering Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara.
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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.