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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.

29th Sep

More wind, more rain and more seawatching. Six hours of recording produced an Eider, three Balearic Shearwaters, ten (including a flock of seven) Sooty Shearwaters, 220 Gannets, five Golden Plovers, another Grey Phalarope, 1700 Sandwich Terns, a Great Skua, 79 Arctic Skuas and 47 Razorbills. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was feeding along the beach and two Merlins and 79 Swallows were also seen.

Two Porpoises and a Grey Seal were feeding offshore.

Goose Barnacles are washing ashore on floating debris in large numbers.

The Common Tern showing features of the Siberian race longipennis was still present on the RSPB Reserve but managed to disappear for long periods. The best places to look for it are from the Hanson Hide at ARC or from Dennis's Hide looking towards the causeway between Burrowes and New Diggings. Mike Buckland managed to get some excellent photos of the bird in flight and four are reproduced here. Check out his blog at  for lots more images.

Common Tern Sterna hirundo possibly of the Siberian subspecies longipennis   
RSPB Reserve   29th September 2019  (Many thanks to Mike Buckland for use of these images)