Another fine and warm day and not much to report in the way of birds. Two Mediterranean Gulls were feeding at the Patch but migration on the land appears to be at a virtual standstill. A Hobby was hunting in the Desert.
Six Porpoises were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares were seen on the land.
A Red-eared Terrapin was sunning itself at the Long Pits.
Five Brown Argus and 20 Painted Ladies were of note among the butterflies and the first Speckled Wood for some time was also seen. The warm overnight conditions produced good numbers of moths in the trap but nothing of any great note. The first Emperor Dragonflies of the summer 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.