After yesterdays miserable weather it was a much a nicer day today and there were even a few migrants about. Of the commoner migrants 30 Willow Warblers and 50+ "Greenland" Wheatears dominated. A Redstart was seen at the Long Pits and two Garden Warblers were caught. Late afternoon saw the arrival of a Red Kite.
Seawatching was fairly slow but nearly eight hours of watching eventually produced eight Manx Shearwaters, a breeding-plumaged Slavonian Grebe, ten Great Skuas, 14 Arctic Skuas and a Pomarine Skua and four Little Terns. A Mediterranean Gull was feeding at the Patch.
Five Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was also seen.
With the first decent bit of weather for some time what was presumably the same Large Tortoiseshell as that seen last week made a brief re-appearance at the north end of the Long Pits. Numbers of Small Coppers are now increasing and a Hairy Dragonfly was also seen.
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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.