The morning seawatch produced a Velvet Scoter, two Great Northern Divers, four Little Gulls, 67 Kittiwakes, 377 Guillemots and 146 Razorbills of note in 3.5hrs.
The first-winter Caspian Gull was still present.
There is plenty of interest around the pits with the Reserve holding a few Smew including a drake, a mobile Slavonian Grebe, up to three Shags on Burrowes Pit, the Long-eared Owl still showing well behind the dipping pond and up to two Penduline Tits seen from the viewing ramp at Hookers on two days during the week. The very large goose flock at Scotney includes a Tundra Bean Goose and up to 25 White-fronted Geese and a Black-necked Grebe can be seen at the northern end of the pit. A minimum of five Great White Egrets are present across the area.
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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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