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.
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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.