A still and cloudy day with few migrants but a couple of notable records. A total of 11 Chiffchaffs were present in the recording area along with one Blackcap, two Wheatear and three Firecrests. A Great White Egret flew out to sea, two Egyptian Geese and a Water Rail dropped into the Moat.
A small passage of wildfowl was recorded on the sea with 41 Brent Geese passing north along with 33 Scoter, five Red-breasted Merganser, three Shelduck, three Garganey and an Arctic Skua.
A single Brown Hare was seen in the Desert and 35 Porpoise were recorded from the Fishing Boats.
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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.