An increasingly windy day making observations difficult. Seawatching produced a Velvet Scoter, 400 Gannets and nine Great Northern Divers (one flock) whilst three Caspian Gulls, an adult and two first-winters, were feeding at the Patch. Land birds were few and far between but a Rock Pipit was feeding among the rocks behind the Patch Hide.
A Grey Seal was feeding offshore and there were still good numbers of Common Darters on the wing in the sheltered sunny spots.
The rough conditions brought huge numbers of gulls on to Burrowes Pit to roost this evening and included eight Caspian Gulls and seven Yellow-legged Gulls and a remarkable total of at least 5000 Great Black-backed Gulls.
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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.