With a strong southerly wind blowing and occasional showers the sea provided most of the interest. Coverage was almost dawn to dusk but with many observers exact numbers have been very difficult to assess but the following totals were of note; 29 Balearic Shearwaters, 49 Manx Shearwaters, five Sooty Shearwaters, well over 1000 Gannets, two Great Skuas, 182 Common Terns and a Little Tern all flew west. The clear highlight of the day though was a single Great Shearwater seen by one observer as it flew slowly west past the fishing boats at 1417hrs. Four Yellow-legged Gulls were also seen on the beach.
Around 360 Swifts also flew south.
Four Porpoise and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen near the railway station.
Another very unusual sighting this morning was a breaching Thresher Shark.
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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.