With the predicted storm finally arriving here during the night it meant that the only serious birding coverage would be at the sea but it was ultimately fairly disappointing here. Nine hours of watching produced just 22 Fulmars, two Balearic Shearwaters, 267 Sandwich Terns, two Little Terns, 644 Common Terns, six Great Skuas and four Arctic Skuas of note. There was also a small influx of Yellow-legged Gulls at the fishing boats with around ten birds present.
The very rough conditions also made observation of sea mammals difficult but two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were 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.