The first calm morning since the 1st January allowed for a good search of the land which resulted in four Firecrests in the trapping area, two Chiffchaffs and three Cetti's Warblers at the Long Pits and a Fieldfare, five Siskins and five Linnets overhead.
An early-morning seawatch produced three Velvet Scoters, 150 Red-throated Divers seven Mediterranean and seven Little Gulls of interest.
Elsewhere, two Penduline Tits were seen from the viewing ramp at Hookers on the RSPB Reserve but were very elusive in the afternoon at least.
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Corona Virus Update
Following discussions with other Observatories and taking advice from the RSPB we are not allowed to open the hides yet to visitors as we cannot put in place the necessary protocols to keep staff and visitors safe. We will have to remain closed to overnight visitors for the foreseeable future. Day visitors are welcome to call into the garden, as long as Covid-19 protocols are observed. We are still operating our monitoring programme. Please think carefully about Social Distancing before approaching our Wardens. Please forward any Dungeness records to the Warden.
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Thank You for your understanding in these dificult times.