A calmer, but still cold day resulted in a reasonable increase in the number of birds on the land and a decent movement of birds offshore.
Grounded migrants included a Long-eared Owl in the trapping area, eight Firecrests, eight Chiffchaffs, 19 Redwings, 45 Blackbirds, four Woodcocks and five Snipe whilst 60 Chaffinches and a Brambling passed overhead.
Five and a half hours of seawatching through the day produced 1105 Brent Geese, 11 Shelducks, 14 Wigeon, five Shovelers, 190 Common Scoters, three Red-breasted Mergansers, 224 Red-throated Divers, four Grey Plovers, 41 Dunlins, three Mediterranean Gulls and six Sandwich Terns.
The number of Porpoises of feeding offshore appears to be increasing with at least six seen today and a Grey Seal was also seen.
Elsewhere around Dungeness, Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes continue to be seen on both New Diggings and at Scotney and Great White Egrets are scattered across the area with eight coming in to roost at ARC on 16th. A pair of Garganey were seen at Dengemarsh on 15th and a pair of Smew remain on Burrowes Pit.
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Corona Virus Update
We are very pleased to be planning on opening the Observatory to visitors with numbers being limited because of shared facilities. In order to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible, we will be requesting that you take a Lateral Flow Test (provided) before you first come in. The hides will be open for 'Friends of DBOT' from May 18th. However, The 'Rule of 6' applies and face coverings are still mandatory in the hides. Sanitiser and spray will be provided to clean down the handles and closures in the hide after you have used it.
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