With the light north-easterly wind continuing there was very little to be seen on the land but the offshore passage continues. Almost 14 hours of watching produced four Shovelers, two Black-throated Divers, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 26 Grey Plovers, 465 Whimbrel, 647 Bar-tailed Godwits, 26 Knot, 65 Sanderling, three Mediterranean Gulls, 785 Sandwich Terns, 16 Little Terns, 932 Arctic Terns, a Black Tern, two Great Skuas, 16 Pomarine Skuas (inc flocks of five at 1138hrs and six at 1901hrs) and 22 Arctic Skuas. A Little Egret also flew east.
Six Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and two Brown Hares were seen on the land.
Butterflies numbers are slowly increasing with six Grizzled Skippers and 50 Small Coppers of note.
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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.