The day began with clear skies and low-level mist but this quickly developed into thick fog for most of the morning. Once this cleared it was a lovely sunny afternoon.
The foggy conditions encouraged a few migrants to pass through with a Short-eared Owl, two Wood Larks, 14 Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, three Firecrests, 40 Goldcrests, two Ring Ouzels, 18 Song Thrushes, four Wheatears, eight Bramblings and 25 Reed Buntings and a minor rarity in the form of a Yellowhammer of note.
The sea was fairly quiet but a Black-throated Diver flew east and 120 Golden Plovers flew west and three Little Gulls and six Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore. The german-ringed Caspian Gull was seen at the fishing boats again and was joined for a time by a new second-winter bird.
At least 12 Porpoises 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.