A quiet start to the month with just a handful of grounded migrants and a bit of overhead passage but very little moving offshore.
The best of the birds on the ground were 20 Blackcaps, 17 Lesser Whitethroats, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart, ten Whinchats and 15 Wheatears while birds flying over included 11 Buzzards, 40 Yellow Wagtails and two Grey Wagtails.
Other than large numbers of Sandwich Terns there was very little to be seen offshore.
Ten Porpoises were feeding offshore.
A Clouded Yellow butterfly and three Hummingbird Hawk-moths were seen around the Observatory.
There was still no further sign of either the American Black Tern or the Terek Sandpiper and the Cattle Egret population seems to have been reduced to a single individual.
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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.