A day with more strong, mostly westerly, winds which unfortunately resulted in very little movement offshore and difficult conditions on the land.
Nearly five hours of seawatching produced the first two Red-breasted Mergansers of the autumn, ten Arctic Skuas and 225 Sandwich Terns but very little else. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was feeding at the fishing boats. There was no sign of yesterday's Grey Phalarope.
A Grey Seal and six Porpoises were feeding offshore.
It was equally slow going around the RSPB Reserve but seven Cattle Egrets were still with the cattle in the fields alongside the entrance track.
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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.