A walk around the area before the rain came produced 15 Wheatears around the sleepers and a Greenshank, 70 Swifts, a Yellow Wagtail and two Tree Pipits flew over.
The sea was watched for six hours and eventually came good with the finding of a Sabine's Gull at the fishing boats which eventually flew off west at 1548hrs. Other bits and pieces included two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, five Black Terns, 194 Common Terns and seven Arctic Skuas.
Five Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
Another adult Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket was found in the area.
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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.