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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.

5th Dec

There was a bit of movement offshore this morning with a Velvet Scoter, two Shags, six Great Skuas and a Sandwich Tern of note along with good numbers of Red-throated Divers, Gannets and auks.

Two Porpoises were feeding offshore.

The new islands in front of Firth Hide on the RSPB Reserve are providing plenty of opportunities to study gulls. Today there were at least seven Caspian Gulls, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Herring Gull which had been ringed on Hornoya Island in the Varanger Fjord and almost as far north as you can get in Europe. Weather conditions were not great for photography but a selection are shown below.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   adult and first-winter   RSPB Reserve   5th December 2017
Herring Gull Larus argentatus spp argentatus   3rd winter   RSPB Reserve   5th December 2017
This colour-ringed bird (JU651) was ringed at Hornoya Island at the entrance to Varanger Fjord in northern Norway

A Larus League of Nations.   RSPB Reserve   5th December 2017
In this image is a Caspian Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull and the norwegian-ringed Herring Gull amongst Lesser Black-backed Gulls, more typical Herring Gulls and Great Back-backed Gulls.