A change in the weather this morning with a cold North east breeze blowing from first light. Very little was recorded on the land with only three Chiffchaffs, two Wheatear and a Blackcap of note, a Ring Ouzel was also photographed by the Lifeboat Station.
The sea fared much better with a steady stream of waterfowl throughout the day. A total of 609 Brent Geese, 579 Common Scoter, six Red-breasted Mergansers, six Teal, three Shoveler, two Pintail, a Garganey, a Shelduck and a single female Eider flew west. Other species of note were two Grey Plover, two Dunlin, 73 Sandwich Terns as well as the first Common Terns of the year, with ten being noted.
A single Merlin was seen going out early this afternoon.
A Grey Seal was seen offshore, along with 13 Porpoise.
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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.