Virtually all the interest today was offshore where a very light SE breeze encouraged a decent movement of birds. Most of the movement was during the morning and by the end of the day there were good totals of 885 Brent Geese, 19 Shelduck, 33 Teal, 25 Shovelers, 1709 Common Scoters, 18 Whimbrel, two Arctic and seven Great Skuas, 19 Common Terns, eight Little Gulls and nine Mediterranean Gulls. Scarcer bits and pieces included two Gadwall, six Scaup, 36 Velvet Scoters, four Goldeneye, eight Black-throated and three Great Northern Divers and the first Little Tern of the year, A first-winter Glaucous Gull also spent some at the Patch during the morning.
Very little change on the land with just a continuing trickle of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps and our first Sedge Warbler of the year.
A minimum of eight Porpoises were feeding offshore.
The first Grizzled Skipper and Green-veined Whites of the year were 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.