With a drop in the wind there was much more activity this morning but heavy rain from early-afternoon brought a premature end to proceedings.
There were two Whinchats and a few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps on the land and Meadow Pipits passed through in large numbers with 670 counted. An Osprey heading west along the beach was particularly significant and four Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, a Tree Pipit and four Reed Buntings also passed overhead.
Five hours of seawatching produced two Great Skuas and 44 Arctic Skuas, 25 Mediterranean Gulls, 656 Sandwich Terns, four Arctic Terns and three Little Terns. A Grey Phalarope was also offshore, anywhere between the Patch and the fishing boats, during the morning.
At least six Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.
Elsewhere five Spoonbills, eight Cattle Egrets and a Pectoral Sandpiper were seen on the Reserve.
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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.