A rather wet and blustery day today with the wind blowing from the south east this morning. Which provided a good opportunity for some sea watching, even if visibility was a tad poor from time to time.
A total of 648 Brent Geese passed east this morning, along with 72 Common Scoter, 126 Gannets, 18 Fulmar and 6 Sandwich Terns. Notable highlights included a single Slavonian Grebe and an Arctic Skua heading east offshore. The Iceland Gull also made an appearance again this morning, as did a Glaucous Gull, both were heading towards the Patch.
Onshore seven Firecrests were seen today, most of which were near the Lighthouse Garden and two were in a private garden at the point.
A single Porpoise was seen from the point and a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert this afternoon.
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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.