Very quiet on the land with just two Buzzards, a Yellow Wagtail and a couple of Redpolls overhead of note and barely any sign of a migrant in the bushes.
With a light NE breeze for most of the day the sea was easily the place to be and over 14 hours of watching produced seven Shovelers, 423 Common Scoters, two Black-throated Divers, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 44 Grey Plovers, 78 Sanderling, 138 Knot, 198 Whimbrel, 561 Bar-tailed Godwits, seven Great Skuas, 24 Arctic Skuas, 18 Pomarine Skuas (inc a flock of eight at 1816hrs), two Little Gulls, 853 Sandwich Terns, 3800 "commic" Terns, 106 Arctic Terns, 88 Little Terns and two Black Terns of particular note.
Twenty Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
At least six Grizzled Skippers were seen in and around the trapping area along with the first Clouded Yellow of the year on the seafront.
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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.