Clear skies and early morning mist and then fog rarely produces a great deal on the land and today was no exception. A few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were seen in the bushes, a Wheatear was seen in the Desert and two Rock Pipits were feeding at the fishing boats. Overhead passage was also pretty slow with a trickle of Siskins and Reed Buntings and four Grey Wagtails flying south. A Marsh Harrier also flew over.
Seawatching was fairly productive with over three hours of watching producing singles of Sooty and Manx Shearwaters, a Great Skua, 22 Arctic Skuas and 12 Mediterranean Gulls. Sandwich Terns continue to be seen in large numbers with at least 300 offshore this morning.
Three Hummingbird Hawk-moths and a Scarce Bordered Straw were seen during the day a nd a Delicate was trapped overnight.
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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.