With a drop in the wind and slightly warmer conditions there was a small arrival of migrants on the land with our first three Spotted Flycatchers of the year and 35 Willow Warblers of note along with three Hobbies, a Buzzard, four Yellow Wagtails and the Wood Warbler again.
The sea remained fairly quiet although several hours of watching eventually produced six Tufted Duck, a Little Egret coming in, 65 Whimbrel, 17 Sanderling, two Knot, six Little Terns, two Black Terns, four Great Skuas and five Arctic Skuas.
Five Porpoises were feeding offshore.
Five Grizzled Skippers were seen in the trapping area and a Brown Argus 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.