A strong southerly breeze was blowing at daybreak this morning suggesting the sea would be the place to be.
A search of the moat first thing this morning produced a single Willow Warbler and little else except for the resident Whitethroats. A male Black Redstart could also be heard singing from the Power Station.
The sea didn't quite live up to expectations although there was some movement. at least 75 Gannets were offshore this morning. Kittiwakes were also on the move with 71 moving east and nine heading west. Five Little Terns headed west along with two Whimbrel and 46 Common Scoter. Three Teal headed east along with singles of Shelduck and Tufted Duck.
A good number of Sand Martins and Swifts were seen heading out offshore with 88 Sand Martins recorded and 167 Swifts.
At least 15 Porpoise were recorded on the sea
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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.