With fresh south-easterly breezes and occasional light rain there were some hopes of a few birds around but in the end it was an ultimately disappointing day. Grounded migrants were pretty scarce but they did include 30 Chiffchaffs, ten Blackcaps, 15 Goldcrrests and 11 Firecrests whilst birds passing overhead included a Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, 3250 Swallows, 300 House Martins, two Grey Wagtails and 650 Meadow Pipits.
Six hours of seawatching produced 135 Mediterranean Gulls, 2217 Sandwich Terns, 11 Great Skuas and 31 Arctic Skuas.
Ten Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore as was an unidentified dolphin sp.
There was a large increase in the number of moths in the traps overnight with highlights including a Dusky Thorn, an L-album Wainscot, a Clancy's Rustic and a Golden Twin-spot.
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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.