The day dawned with what felt like ideal conditions for an arrival of migrants on the land and a bit of movement offshore but unfortunately the birds hadn't read the script. The only migrants in the bushes of any significance were 12 Firecrests and two Spotted Flycatchers whilst birds passing overhead included 3500 Swallows, 850 House Martins, four Grey Wagtails, 900 Meadow Pipits, a Siskin and 13 Reed Buntings. The best on the sea were 199 Brent Geese, 86 Wigeon, eight Shoveler, six Arctic Skuas and two Great Skuas and three Mediterranean Gulls.
Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Weasel and three Brown Hares were seen on the land.
The best of the moth trapping was a Delicate.
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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.