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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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24th March

The spring finally seemed to get properly underway today in a light south-westerly wind and heavy cloud. There were plenty of migrants on the land and a steady movement of wildfowl offshore for most of the day. 

Most of the grounded migrants were concentrated between the Observatory and Point with excellent totals of ten Woodcocks and 25 Firecrests of note along with 20 Goldcrests, a "Continental" Coal Tit, 20 Chiffchaffs, 90 Redwings, nine Fieldfares, a Stonechat and a Wheatear at the fishing boat whilst a trickle of finches passing overhead included five Siskins.

Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla    Dungeness   24th March 2016
Brent Geese moved east all day long with a final total of 3550 birds with 16 Pintails, two Gadwalls, a drake Eider and two Red-breasted Mergansers of note among the other wildfowl seen. Two Mediterranean Gull also flew east and a Sandwich Tern flew west.

Since my posting yesterday I have been told that a Wheatear was seen on 17th. However, it remains the case that they have been extremely late to arrive with only two individuals in the recording area so far this spring, 

Three Porpoises were seen offshore.