And so it goes on - more wind, lots more rain and few birds. Four hours of seawatching produced two Red-breasted Mergansers, 850 Gannets, a Marsh Harrier arriving from the east, a Grey Plover, two Mediterranean Gulls, 27 Little Gulls, 141 Sandwich Terns, three Great Skuas and 11 Arctic Skuas. The German colour-ringed Caspian Gull was seen again at the fishing boats.
Twenty Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest, a Ring Ouzel and a Wheatear where among the few grounded migrants whilst a Brambling, 400 Goldfinches, 21 Siskins and six Redpolls flew over.
Two Porpoises and a Common Seal were feeding offshore.
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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.