With a strong S x SW wind most of the interest was offshore where over nine hours of seawatching produced some excellent totals and variety including 615 Brent Geese, two Pintail, eight Velvet Scoter, 680 Common Scoters, 23 Eider, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 226 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver, 24 Manx Shearwaters, a Shag, 16 Great Skuas, 13 Arctic Skuas, three Little Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, 322 Kittiwakes, 876 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern.
It was hard going in the bushes but 17 Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers and five Wheatears were seen.
Six Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and a Pigmy Shrew was seen on the land.
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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.