A cold day with an increasing northerly wind bringing frequent hail showers and even sleet at one point - is it really May?.
Birds on the land were hard to come by but a couple of Hobbies were seen and a Pheasant was calling in the trapping area. A few Swifts, Swallows and 44 House Martins also moved around the various showers.
The sea was also fairly slow but over eight hours of watching produced a Velvet Scoter, a Black-throated Diver, six Avocets, four Mediterranean Gulls, 476 Sandwich Terns, 21 Arctic Terns, four Black Terns, a Great Skua and six Arctic Skuas of interest.
At least 24 Porpoises were counted as they fed offshore along with a Grey Seal and two Brown Hares were seen on the beach by 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.