There was an easterly trickle of birds offshore during the day with a party of four Scaup, two Arctic Skuas and 168 Sandwich Terns of note while there were three Caspian Gulls (two first-winters and a third-winter) at the Patch.
A pair of Egyptian Geese flew around the area in the morning and was an unusual sighting for the Observatory recording area record. Passerines remain very scarce but did include 19 Jackdaws, four Chiffchaffs, five Firecrests, six Black Redstarts, three Siskins and 20 Reed Buntings.
Six Porpoises were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares and a Bank Vole were seen on the land.
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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.