With calm conditions there was a small arrival of migrants on the land and passing overhead. A few Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, four Song Thrushes and a Wheatear were of note on the land whilst birds passing overhead included a Wood Lark, 39 Sky Larks, 130 Swallows, eight Tree Sparrows, seven Grey Wagtails, a Brambling, four Redpolls, a Crossbill, 24 Siskins and 37 Reed Buntings.
An Eider, an Arctic Skua and a Mediterranean Gull were the only notable birds at sea.
Six Porpoises were feeding offshore.
A good selection (for October) of butterflies were seen including two Clouded Yellows and a Brown Argus. The best of the moths trapped overnight were another Delicate and a Dark Swordgrass and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was also seen by day.
A female Red-veined Darter was seen along the front of the power station.
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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.