The year ended with another day of dismal weather. Over two hours of seawatching in the morning produced 243 Red-throated Divers, 18 Fulmars, 379 Gannets, 1463 Guillemots and 283 Kittiwakes passing west. The regular first-winter Caspian Gull was feeding at the fishing boats again and a first-winter Glaucous Gull was seen at the Patch in the afternoon.
A very brief check of the trapping area produced a Bullfinch.
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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.