There is still only a trickle of birds passing through but an Osprey which came in from the south at 1210hrs was particularly noteworthy. The Glaucous Gull and a Little Gull were feeding at the Patch again. Brent Geese trickled through with 383 seen along with an Eider and 74 Sandwich Terns.
The best of the migrants in the bushes were 20 Firecrests and a Dartford Warbler was also seen near the fishing boats. A Grey Wagtail, two Bramblings and 100 Chaffinches also passed overhead.
Four Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.
At Dengemarsh Gully one of the Bluethroats was still present but it sounds as if it has become much more elusive than previously.
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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.