With calm conditions for a change there was a decent arrival of migrants on the land with 90 Willow Warblers and 60 Whitethroats providing the bulk of the numbers along with a Garden Warbler, ten Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Reed Warblers and a Wheatear. A couple of Marsh Harriers also flew over and the family of Peregrine Falcons were giving a show during the morning.
The sea was quiet except for a steady flow of Gannets and a trickle of Sandwich and Common Terns.
A Rest Harrow was an unexpected capture in the moth trap along with seven Dark Swordgrass. Three Hummingbird Hawkmoths were also noted.
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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.