With more wind and rain it was another day dominated by seawatching. Almost ten hours of watching produced 281 Gannets, our second best-ever day total of 57 Balearic Shearwaters, 794 Sandwich Terns, two Black Terns, five Great Skuas and 120 Arctic Skuas. A Yellow-legged Gulls were also seen on the beach. Limited coverage of the bushes produced four Firecrests and three Wheatears were seen at the fishing boats while a Swift, 650 Swallows, 150 House Martins and 330 Meadow Pipits flew south.
Four Porpoises and two Grey Seals were feeding offshore.
Despite the poor weather conditions overnight the moth trap produced two Delicates and a Scarce Bordered Straw of note.
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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.