Birds were fairly few and far between in the bushes but there was a bit of movement overhead including 400 Swallows, two Yellow Wagtails, five Grey Wagtails, 300 Meadow Pipits, 35 Goldfinches and four Reed Buntings.
Most of the interest was offshore where there was a good variety of birds seen with 21 Wigeon, 22 Teal, two Pintail, four Eider, a Black-necked Grebe, 32 Arctic Skuas, 26 Great Skuas, a Little Tern and a Mediterranean Gull of note and numbers provided by 160 Brent Geese, 175 Common Scoters, 40 Gannets, 35 Dunlin and 237 Sandwich Terns.
At least ten Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen on the land.
Small numbers of butterflies were on the wing and included two Clouded Yellows and a Brown Argus.
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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.