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We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome.
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Following a very wet and windy night it dawned clear but still very windy and the place to be was on the beach. There wasn't a great deal actually moving through but some quality birds were seen in the form of a Leach's Petrel which flew into the bay and at least two Grey Phalaropes - one of which spent the afternoon feeding along the surf at the fishing boats. Other bits and pieces seen during nearly nine hours of watching included a Velvet Scoter, 16 Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua, a Little Tern, two Black Terns, 800 Sandwich Terns and five Little Gulls. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was also on the beach.
Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius Dungeness 13th September 2017
There was no sign of the Wryneck although the conditions were very difficult. The Osprey that has been residing in the area made a fishing visit to the Long Pits. Four Porpoises were feeding offshore. Two Clouded Yellows were also seen.