With flat calm conditions the sea continues to surprise with yet another steady easterly movement of terns involving an excellent 104 Black Terns and 1630 Common Terns along with five Grey Plovers, 48 Sanderlings, eight Redshank and two Arctic Skuas. The highlight though was a superb adult Long-tailed Skua which flew in from the south towards the Patch at 1700hrs, had a go at a Sandwich Tern and then seemed to drift off westwards before returning and going on through at 1755hrs. (It was subsequently tracked right along the Kent coast as far as Kingsdown at 2005hrs).
The almost total dearth of passage migrants on the land continues despite what appeared to be more conducive conditions for an arrival of birds.
At least 23 Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
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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.