A Balearic Shearwater and two Mediterranean Gulls flew west this morning with another two Mediterranean Gulls and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull feeding at the Patch. Quiet on the land although a flock of six Grey Herons came in from the east and 100 Swifts flew over.
At least eight Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
A Red-eared Terrapin was seen at the Long Pits.
Good numbers of butterflies were seen with 1000+ Small Skippers and at least 20 Essex Skippers of particular note. A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen coming on off the sea whilst the moth traps produced singles of Black-neck, Bordered Straw and Pearly Underwing and 17 Diamond-back Moths of note.
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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.