A quiet day on the land was given a brief lift following a call from the RSPB Reserve telling us of a Bee-eater heading our way. A few minutes we could hear it calling overhead but sadly failed to see it. Other bits and pieces in the area included a Hobby and a Spotted Flycatcher.
The sea was also fairly hard work with 3.25hr watch in the morning producing just a Black-throated Diver, three Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Skua of note. The Iceland Gull and three first-summer Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the Patch.
One Porpoise was seen offshore.
A Painted Lady 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.