Another windy day and few birds to report other than good numbers of Gannets and a couple of Mediterranean Gulls offshore.
A Grey Seal was also seen offshore.
Good numbers of butterflies were on the wing and included the first Essex Skipper and Gatekeepers of the year.A Hummingbird Hawk-moth spent most of the afternoon and evening feeding at the Tree Mallow flowers in the Observatory garden.
At least 50 plants of Black Spleenwort were found growing on one of the few brick buildings near the Pilot and it appears to be a new species for the Observatory recording area.
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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.