Another morning with decent numbers of migrants to be seen, The most numerous species were 50 Chiffchaffs, nine Blackcaps and 40 Goldcrests and less usual birds included a Ring Ouzel and two Fieldfares. A Wheatear was also seen near the New Lighthouse and a Tree Sparrow was in the Old Lighthouse Garden. Visible migrant was also fairly good with 17 Skylarks, 1600 Starlings, four Grey Wagtails, two Rock Pipits, 23 Bramblings, 50 Lesser Redpolls, three Crossbills, 100 Siskin and 20 Reed Buntings.
The main feature for seawatchers was the continuing presence of huge numbers of Mediterranean Gulls offshore and a new record day count of 2050 birds. A Great Skua was also hunting them down. Actual passage though was almost non-existent.
At least six Porpoises were feeding offshore.
A Clouded Yellow was seen in the Moat.
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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.