A damp, foggy day which provided a few notable birds but still feels lacking in the numbers of common migrants to be seen.
The best of the birds on the land was a Hawfinch which spent the morning flying around the north end of the Long Pits where a Jack Snipe was also flushed. Other unusual records included a party of six Egyptian Geese which flew west over the Observatory and our first two Ring Ouzels of the spring along with eight Firecrests, seven Willow Warblers, 13 Blackcaps, six Bramblings, a Redpoll, six Siskins and a Bullfinch. There were also a few "winter" thrushes about with 30 Fieldfares and 80 Redwings.
It was very quiet offshore with just three Shovelers and a Great Skua heading upchannel of note and the Glaucous Gull seen at the Patch again although visibility was very poor for much of the day.
A small overnight catch of moths included a Satellite.
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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.