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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.

9th Dec

Very little to report. Red-throated Divers, Gannets and auks continued to move west this morning and a Velvet Scoter was also seen.

The Glossy Ibis was still being seen around Boulderwall but very elusive.

8th Dec

Another 2.5 hour seawatch this morning was quite good with seven Velvet Scoters, 398 Red-throated Divers, five Fulmars, 420 Gannets, 27 Kittiwakes and a Great Skua of note.

Elsewhere, a Glossy Ibis arrived on the RSPB Reserve and the two Whooper Swans were still at Dengemarsh. At least 11 Caspian Gulls were seen on Burrowes during the day.

7th Dec

A 2.5 hour seawatch this morning produced a Great Northern Diver, 388 Red-throated Divers, a Grey Plover, two Little Gulls, ten Mediterranean Gulls, a Great Skua and a few auks heading west of note.
It was very quiet on the land although a Blackcap was seen in a private garden and the female Pheasant was seen again. House Sparrow is a species which doesn't normally make an appearance on this page but a flock of around 80 birds in the Observatory garden was pretty unusual. 

A Grey Seal and a Porpoise were feeding offshore.


6th Dec

A thoroughly miserable day with strong winds and almost continuous rain all day. Seawatching this morning produced two Shovelers, six Velvet Scoters and eight Fulmars of note while a check of the Patch this afternoon showed three Caspian Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull. The weather prevented any sensible coverage of the land.

Elsewhere, the swan flock feeding next to the dung heap at Dengemarsh now holds two Whooper Swans and four Bewick's Swans.

5th Dec

A nice but very cold day which produced very little other than a Mediterranean Gull offshore.

4th Dec

Two Jack Snipe were flushed from the large areas of floodwater at the Long Pits and a Firecrest was seen in the trapping area.
Large numbers of gulls were feeding at the Patch but were difficult to get good views of and only one first-winter Caspian Gull and two Mediterranean Gull were of note.

3rd Dec

Despite a good search of the land there was little of note to be seen other than three Snipe. The sea was also quiet.

2nd Dec

A cold, bright morning brought an easterly movement of Red-throated Diver with 433 birds in two hours along with two Velvet Scoters. Huge numbers of gulls were feeding at the Patch and included three first-winter Caspian Gulls and a Yellow-legged Gull.
The land also produced a few bits and pieces with a Jack Snipe, two Snipe, a Woodcock, two Merlins and a Firecrest of note. A Little Grebe was also seen on the southern Long Pit.

1st Dec

The Patch finally seems to be back in full working order with large numbers of gulls feeding there this morning. The highlights were a minimum of ten Caspian Gulls along with three Yellow-legged Gulls and two Mediterranean Gulls. The early seawatch produced four Velvet Scoters and an Eider of note. 

30th Nov

Two first-winter Caspian Gulls (including X86C) were feeding at the Patch this morning and four Red-breasted Mergansers and seven Mediterranean Gulls flew west but not much else was seen. A Jack Snipe was seen in the trapping area and the female Pheasant was seen again.

A Brown Hare was seen near the Sanctuary.