With fresh to strong onshore winds the sea was obviously going to be the place to be today but even old-hands at the game were amazed to see a new day record total of 472 Manx Shearwaters pass through during 11 hours of watching. (Coverage was from 0500 to 1830hrs with a 2.5hr gap in the early afternoon when the weather was too poor to see anything). In addition, 31 Great Skuas was the 12th highest-ever spring day total and the highest ever in May and nine Pomarine Skuas and 28 Arctic Skuas were also noteworthy. Other bits and pieces included 84 Fulmars, 1085 Gannets, a Mediterranean Gull, 752 Sandwich Terns, 238 Arctic Terns and 16 Little Terns. Notable by their absence were any waders, Little Gulls or Black Terns.
Three Porpoises 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.