A day of almost opposite weather. The morning started warm, still and clear with the day eventually ending in gale force winds and a thunder storm, resulting in one less slate on the observatory roof.
A Single Willow Warbler was in the trapping area at first light and a Redshank and Little Ringed Plover flew over towards the reserve.
Down by the sea, a total of 17 Mediterranean Gulls were noted throughout the day and a single pale phase Arctic Skua harassed the terns feeding in the bay in the afternoon. Several Yellow Wagtails were also feeding in the grassy area around near the fishing boats.
At least three Lesser Emperors and a Red-veined Darter were present on the Long Pits this afternoon.
Porpoise numbers were good, at count of 12 were spotted during a scan from the fishing boats this afternoon and a total of three different Grey Seals were also noted.
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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.