Another day of fierce and very cold winds and odd flurries of snow. There were a few signs of cold-weather movement with a Gadwall on the Long Pits, eight Red-breasted Mergansers passing offshore and two Lapwings and four Snipes on the ground. Large number of gulls at the Patch included the regular Glaucous Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull.
The severe weather is taking its toll on the Observatory buildings with various water pipes freezing up overnight. Thanks to Chris Philpott and Gill Hollamby for coming to our rescue with help repairing the burst pipes, getting the water flowing again and bringing in extra heaters and emergency supplies of water. However, until this spell of cold weather ends the toilet facilities remain out of order.
Today also saw Jacques Turner-Moss taking up his position as Assistant Warden for the coming year.
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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.