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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.

28th Oct

With strong NE winds and plenty of seabirds been seen along the English east coast yesterday it was hoped for something here but despite plenty of movement there were no real notable seabirds to be seen. Coverage throughout most of the day did produce 1530 Brent Geese, 46 Shelducks, 63 Wigeon, two Gadwall, nine Red-breasted Mergansers, an Avocet, 12 Knot, 89 Dunlin, 165 Mediterranean Gulls, a Little Gull and nine Sandwich Terns of interest. Two Caspian Gulls were on the beach in the afternoon and a German-ringed Great Black-backed Gull was also seen. A few passerines also came in with a Woodlark and 520 Starlings of note.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   28th October 2018

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   second-winter   Dungeness   28th October 2018

Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus   first-winter   Dungeness   28th October 2018
Ringed with Green H103 - probably a german-ringed bird.aption
Coverage of the land was more limited in the difficult conditions but two Woodcocks, three Firecrests and three Bramblings were of note. A Barn Owl was seen after dark.

One Porpoise was feeding offshore.