Lots of birds offshore again this morning with two hours of watching producing a Shelduck, 392 Red-throated Divers, 200 Great Crested Grebes, 2500 Cormorants, 319 Kittiwakes, a Great Skua, about 3000 Guillemots and 36 Razorbills.
Coverage of the land was limited but a party of 11 White-fronted Goose flew over the area and across to the Reserve and a Firecrest appeared in the Observatory garden.
There was plenty of interest around the greater area. Of note on the Reserve were two Tundra Bean Geese at Dengemarsh, four Bewick's Swans on ARC, two drake Red-crested Pochards and a third-winter Caspian Gull on Burrowes and a drake Smew at Tanner's Pool. A male Hen Harrier was also seen on several occasions and two Short-eared Owls were seen on Lydd Ranges.
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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.