The highlight of the day for a handful of fortunate observers was a Kentish Plover which landed briefly on the beach at the fishing boats this afternoon before heading off west. This is only the third modern-day Observatory record (since 1952) with the previous record being on Aug.1st 1969.
Seawatching also provided most of the other interest during the day with 13.5 hours of watching producing two Garganey, two Tufted Duck, 644 Common Scoters, three Black-throated Divers, 21 Whimbrel, one Little Gull, 16 Little Terns, over 2200 "Commic" Terns, 16 Black Terns, six Great Skuas, a Pomarine Skua and eight Arctic Skuas.
Very quiet on the land although a Common Sandpiper at the Long Pits and a party of 18 Corn Buntings near the Sanctuary were noteworthy.
Seventeen Porpoise and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore and four Brown Hares were seen on the land.
Three Grizzled Skippers were of note among a few butterflies seen.
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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.