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Corona Virus Update

We are glad to say that the Observatory is now clear and visitors are very welcome. We are very pleased to be accepting bookings at the Observatory. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we may request that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT'. However, we would request that you continue to observe safe practises and sanitiser and spray will continue to be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.

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7th January

A three-hour seawatch this morning resulted in a nice movement of Little Gulls with 120 birds passing west close inshore which ended almost as soon as soon as the weather cleared and the wind veered into the west. Interestingly only one of them was a first-year bird, the rest all being adults. A single Great Skua, a Red-breasted Merganser, 58 Kittiwakes and a few Gannets and auks also flew west whilst 31 Teal, 124 Oystercatchers, a Knot and four Mediterranean Gulls flew east.
The regular first-winter Caspian Gull was showing very well again and despite my better judgement I couldn't resist taking yet more pictures of it.
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   7th January 2016
Whilst watching the Caspian Gull this Great Black-backed Gull also came to the offering of bread. Most of the black/white colour-ringed birds we see here come from southern Norway or Denmark but this one was ringed on 21st July 2014 well north of the Arctic Circle at Orndalen, Tromso, Norway.
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus   2nd winter   Dungeness   7th January 2016
Elsewhere, and surprisingly given the strong winds and heavy rain, one of the Penduline Tits was seen again from the viewing ramp at Hookers Pit this morning.