Although the gale force winds overnight had dropped a bit by the morning it remained a difficult day for recording. The only birds of note on the land were two Firecrests in the moat and a trickle of Goldfinches passing overhead. The sea was well covered but even here there was very little movement with the best birds being 132 Brent Geese, two Pintails, an Eider, five Red-breasted Merganser, a breeding plumaged Black-throated Diver, 500 Gannets, 13 Golden Plovers, three Arctic Skuas, 66 Sandwich Terns and singles of Common and Arctic Tern and Mediterranean Gull.
Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were seen offshore and a Badger and a Brown Hare were seen on the land.
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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.