Another very windy day and with some torrential rain at times in the morning. The Wryneck was still in its preferred clump of bushes but other migrants were very scarce with just six Whinchats and 12 Wheatears of note. The sea was also quiet with over four hours of watching producing just two Great Skuas and three Little Gulls of interest and a late afternoon movement of Sandwich Terns as the wind dropped slightly.
A Porpoise and a Brown Hare were seen.
A Silver-striped Hawkmoth Hippotion celerio was caught overnight by Sean Clancy just outside the Observatory recording area and is only the third area record of this spectacular migrant.
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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.