A strange day with a fresh easterly blowing which produced nine Firecrests and 22 Black Redstarts but not a great deal else in the way of grounded migrants other than a few Goldcrests and Song Thrushes. Visible migration was dominated by Goldfinches with 1800 seen but again very little in the way of a supporting cast other than a Grey Wagtail, two Bramblings and six Redpolls.
A drake Eider flew west close in along the beach, ten Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore and the regular colour-ringed Caspian Gull was still coming in to bathe in the puddles by the fishing boats.
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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.